Grannie Island


We are able to run this session by request please contact us ( to arrange a time and date.

Geography/Literacy/Art for KS1/lower KS2

Link up live with Grannie Island the character from the Mairi Hedderwick books Katie Morag and talk about the goings on, on the fictional Scottish Island of Struay.

Grannie Island loves where she lives and enjoys nothing more than comparing her life and surroundings with others.

Prior to the session

Discuss your school’s locality with the children, pick out some of the key features either physical:  hills, vegetation or rivers etc or human:houses, shops and roads for example.

Draw these features on a hand drawn map (can be individual A4 or a larger class map)- this can be scanned and emailed to Grannie  prior to the session for inclusion and discussion. You may also want to do other work perhaps some descriptive literature or drawings/paintings. All work sent will be added to Grannies online gallery.

Although it would be an advantage if the children have read some of the Katie Morag stories we can adjust the session if not. Please let us know.

The session

The session will last about 30/40 minutes. Granny Island will welcome you to her home, describing the island of Struay and what it is like living on a small island. She will tell the children one  or two stories about Katie or the other people who live alongside her on the island.

Granny will then look at the work sent and ask questions about the differences between the her and the children’s location, allowing children to talk about what they have found.

Children can ask Granny questions either about her life or adventures from the books and stories they have read.

We are able to modify the session to fit in with your particular topic – please let us know if you wish us to do so.


The virtual visit will last between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on the amount of participation you would like your pupils to have. The virtual visit can be with any size group, large or small, although obviously the size of the group will influence the opportunities that individuals have for asking questions etc. Alternatively your visit could be split into two shorter sessions if you wish.

These session are available to any school and we will connect via the national VC network v-scene. YorkshireVC will support any schools new to the technology and will run test calls prior to the session. All you will need is a computer (teacher laptop) with a webcam connected to the whiteboard and internet.

Cost £40 per session


Grannie Island’s Gallery

Curriculum Links:


  • Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality – contrasting localities.

Literacy  – Spoken Language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

Art and Design –

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination