CHILDREN at a primary school in Halstead enjoyed fun and engaging workshops to improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Andy Salmon, aka Sir Linkalot, visited St Andrews’ Primary School, in Matthews Close, and introduced staff and students to the world of linking - an easy way to remember facts which has been praised by the British Dyslexia Association.

The focus of the day was on English skills, and children enjoyed a presentation, workshops and a tips session. Special educational needs coordinator Sarah Johnston said: “The workshops were extremely engaging, showing us fun, yet simple linking techniques to improve spelling as well as grammar using visual cues.

“All the children who took part felt better about their skills in spelling by the end of the day. His outgoing nature made him an instant hit with the children.

“We can’t wait to use some of his innovative ideas in the classroom.”