We offer two services specifically for schools. These are a bulk order service where you can receive multiple books at a 28% discount on the RRP, and author-led classroom visits based around the books we publish. To find out more about our bulk order service, please click here, while details of the author-led classroom visits we offer are provided below.
We are happy to arrange school visits to support any of the books we publish, and these can be arranged by emailing info[at]pictishbeastpublications.com with the subject line School Visit Request. However, we also offer specific author-led classroom visits for schools along three separate themes. These are visits based on our Draw Your Own Encyclopaedia series, our Draw Your Own … series, and our book, The Little Book Of Zombie Mathematics 25 Zombie-based Maths Problems.
Draw Your Own Encyclopaedia Author-Led Classroom Visit
Each of these visits is based on one of the non-fiction books in our Draw Your Own Encyclopaedia series, and costs £175 per class visited (plus travel expenses for schools outside of central Scotland).
Each classroom visit lasts between one and two hours (depending on the particular visit and time slot available, and allow your students to explore a number of elements of non-fiction writing (like how to put numbers you read in non-fiction writing in a meaningful context and how people find out the facts that are found in non-fiction books) in fun and interesting ways. At present, we cover the following topics:
Mammals: This visit is well-suited for any teacher looking for an author-led classroom visit that incorporates non-fiction writing, practical mathematics, problem solving, reading comprehension and outdoor learning to their This visit will introduce your students to what a mammal is, and then explore a range of record-breaking mammals, such as the largest, the smallest, the fastest, and the one that can hold its breath the longest, in a fun and interactive way. This includes having students divide themselves into groups that would be the same height as an African bush elephant, working out how many of them it would take to be the same length as a blue whale, and testing what mammals they’d be able to beat in a sprint over thirty metres. You can find our more details about what happens during this class visit here.
Our Solar System: This visit is well-suited to any class which is studying the topic of Space or Our Solar System. It introduces your students to what a solar system is, and then explore the characteristics of the different planets found in our solar system, such as their relative sizes, how much the same object would weigh on different planets, how far apart they are, how long a day is one each planet, and how long a year is there. This is done in a fun and interactive way in a fun and interactive way that combines reading comprehension, problem solving, practical mathematics and outdoor learning. You can find our more details about what happens during this class visit here.
Scotland’s Marine Life: This visit is well-suited for any class which is studying the Oceans or any other sea-related topic. It is led by Colin M. Drysdale, a real-life marine biologist, and author of the Scotland’s Dolphins and Scotland’s Seabirds books in our Draw your Own Encyclopaedia series. It introduces your students to a range of facts about various marine animals that call Scotland home, gannets, puffins, Arctic terns, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales and sharks, and then examines how marine biologists find these facts out in the first place. At the end, the students get to ask any questions they like about marine life, about working as a marine biologist, or about writing a non-fiction book. You can find our more details about what happens during this class visit here.
Scotland’s Folklore: This visit is well-suited for any class studying topics related to Scottish Culture. It introduces your students to what folklore is, as well as the many different folk stories from Scotland. This then leads on to a discussion of whether folk tales are true and what the factual basis of them may be. During this discussion, two folk tales in detail. These are the Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui and the Loch Ness Monster. You can find our more details about what happens during this class visit here.
Scotland’s Castles: This visit is well-suited for any class which is studying the topic of Scottish Castles or Scottish History. It introduces your students to the different types of castles found in Scotland, why they are built in particular locations, what defences they have and how these can be overcome by attackers. This workshop ends with the students helping to construct a one metre tall trebuchet (a large catapult used to fling giant rocks at castles to destroy their defences before cannons were invented) and then use it to fire water balloons across the playground to demonstrate how it worked. You can find our more details about what happens during this class visit here.
Space Exploration: This visit is well-suited for any class which is studying topics related to space or space exploration. It introduces your students to space exploration, its history and what the future might hold for it. This workshop includes various interactive elements, including a practical demonstration of how rocket engines work and how rockets are designed, discussions about what we would need to set up a colony on Mars and whether we could ever travel to another star system, and ends with an introduction to how kids can grow up to be real-life space explorers. You can find our more details about what happens during this class visit here.
To book a Draw Your Own Encyclopaedia classroom visit, or if you have any questions on this subject, please email info[at]pictishbeastpublications.com. Please Note: Currently, we only offer these classroom visits in Scotland.
Draw Your Own … Author-Led Classroom Visit
Each of these classroom visits is based on one of the books in our Draw Your Own … series, and costs £175. This price includes a free book for each student in the class and the teacher, and a free educational licence for the teacher (to allow them to photocopy pages from this book to use as future class handouts). Visits to multiple classes in the same school based around the same book are cost £175 for the first class, and £75 for each additional class as long all the visits are done in the same week. This additional cost is to cover the provision of a free book for each student in the additional classes visited.
Each visit begins by introducing the students to Dr Colin, the cryptozoologist and author of the books. In this introduction, he explains what a cryptozoologist is (it is someone who studies hidden, or unknown, animals), and how he has met many strange creatures during his travels. He then introduces the students to one of these strange creatures by reading a description of it, emphasising the evocative ‘wow’ words that bring this description to life, and asks the students to draw what they think the creature actually looks like. Through this, the children learn the value of descriptive words in the English language, and how they can be used to create pictures in the readers imagination.This is repeated with a second creature, and then finally, the students are given the name of a third creature and challenged to imagine what it might look like, create a description of it using as many descriptive ‘wow’ words as possible, and then draw a picture of it. Each workshop lasts between one and two hours (depending on the available time slot), and at present, the topics we offer visits for are Monsters In My House, Imaginary Menagerie and and our upcoming Fantastical Flower Fairies book. More visit topics will be added as we add more books to this series. To book a Draw Your Own … classroom visit, or if you have any questions on this subject, please email info[at]pictishbeastpublications.com. Please Note: Currently, we only offer these classroom visits in Central Scotland.
Maths With Zombies Workshop
Our Maths With Zombies workshop is run in conjunction with an organisation called How To Raise A Happy Genius, and is part of their series of STEM workshops. This interactive workshop aims to show how mathematics can be used as part of everyday life, and even to help survive a zombie apocalypse. You can find our more about this workshop by clicking here. Please Note: Currently, we only offer these workshops in Central Scotland.