preview of the firebird painting

Award winning author and illustrator James Mayhew, visits Heritage

firebird painting at heritage school in cambridge

Award winning author and illustrator James Mayhew, creator of the best-selling KATIE books and many other titles, came to Heritage to speak to pupils from UP-Y6. After his visit James wrote:

‘I LOVE what you do at your school, and came away feeling incredibly inspired!

It was so heartening to see a school where creativity, self-expression and the arts are celebrated, and woven meaningfully into the children’s education. This is how I wish all schools could be!’

James explained to pupils how as a little boy he used to go to The National Gallery with his Granny and his sister, Katie which is where the stories derive from. He told younger pupils the story of George and the Dragon and older pupils The Firebird painting the illustrations as he spoke and bringing the stories to life.

The Katie books are widely read to Infants at Heritage so pupils are familiar with the stories and the ideas as well as many of the paintings from Picture Study. As a result, they were very engaged and the afternoon proved to be hugely inspirational and enjoyable. We hope to welcome James back soon.