Imagine a country that has beautiful, nice, green trees all around. You can breathe in the fresh air without a doubt. The roads are as clear as glass, as the wind whistles through the window of your car. Pedestrians cross the road safely; using the zebra crossing, instead of running across the roads with the great possibility of being crushed. The bright colours of the traffic lights are placed strategically, telling each and every driver to either stop, get ready or go. Traffic is barely seen on our roads and the vehicles are intact and safe for use, instead of the old raggedy, broken-down buses that remind you of a dump. Children walk to school safely and gleefully, or ride bikes on pavements as smooth as floor tiles. If only my Nigeria could be like this... My name is Tejumola, meaning 'one who looks forward to better days. ' I was born on October 1st - Nigeria’s independence day. My mother named me that to keep her hopes and dreams of a better Nigeria alive and she encourag…


“Yeah it’s time for recess!” shouted Jake and it was time to outside. The class perfect spent ten minutes arranging the line and she shouted “Oh come on, this break time is only thirty minutes!” She managed to arrange us and they went down stairs. When they got there, the Hummingbirds were already there and did not allow the us to play. By the time they finish playing, it was break over. We were sad. In my opinion, I believe break time should be extended to one hour.                My first point is, we need to make new friends and  we need more time to allow us to make new friends. Also, your cousin can be in the same school and you won’t even know, imagine that! I strongly believe we need more recess time.                  Next, it enables us to explore nature. We need more break time because exploring nature is good. You can see the plants around the school and learn from them. Also see creatures that people thought were extinct.                Finally, when we spend time a…


My School

It is Green in colour

It has many classrooms named after birds

Beautiful teachers teach us subject that we all enjoy

We have competitions to give our teachers feedback from what we’ve learnt

We have character count to make our future a better one

We have field trips to explore more

All things are possible because of our beloved mother Mrs. Mary Musa

Thank you for making Hopespring Foundation School awesome.

Inioluwa Ogunsanwo (Pri.5)
Hopespring Foundation School


What is that graceful creature roaming around the garden? Hummmm…! It is the magnificent butterfly; it is so beautiful. Do you know why the butterfly’s wings are so beautiful? They are not just to beautify itself, it is also to camouflage in its environment from danger. I wonder what they eat, how it comes about and its importance.

The male and female butterfly come together as a dance partner an d mate. The female butterfly lays 8- 10 eggs on an ever green leaf in the forest, a young plant or on a wall that plants grows on. She flies away and leaves the eggs. After 4 to 6 days. The caterpillar hatches from the egg. When the caterpillar was in the egg, it did not eat so it is very hungry and begins to eat. It is as it eats that it grows fatter, fatter and fatter. It even sheds its skin then it enters into the crystallise. After a week, it comes out of the crystallise as a butterfly. It stays for its wings to dry before it flies away. “What the butterfly calls the end, the wor…


CHAPTER ONE It was day break at Ozurumba village. Chike woke up with a loud yawn. He stretched out his hands as if to punch someone, but he punched the air instead. He did the same with the other hand. He turned around and saw his wife Obioma still sleeping. He tapped her delicately. “Obioma, wake up!” Obioma woke up and stared at Chike. “What is it?” she asked. “Let us have our morning devotion”. Chike answered. After praying, Chike called out to his son. “Oluchukwu! Oluchukwu!” “Yes papa!” Oluchukwu shouted. “My son, you will not be going to school for a while”. “But why papa?” Oluchukwuasked “I have not paid your school fees my son”, Chike said “You will help your mother and me at the farm to make some money”, Chike concluded. Oluchukwu brightened up, “Okay papa! I will help you at the farm”. Oluchukwu rushed out to help his mum to set the farm tools. While doing that, he nearly stepped on a baby chick. The mother hen flew up in anger. The hen chased Oluchukwu round in circles, and then ch…


Just as a good soup must have certain ingredients to make it delicious and tasty, so also, a captivating and interesting story must also have certain techniques to be captivating and keep the reader interested.
Below are the techniques needed to make a great story:
a.Action: this is what you or the character did/does in the story. To write this, you need to ask yourself a question. What did I do?  Write down the actions done in details. Unfortunately most of us write stories with just actions - actions only will make your story boring.

a.Feelings/Emotions: Here you add details of how you or the character you are writing about feels, their thoughts and what they are worrying about. Writers should know that everyone has a reservoir of emotions. At one time, our readers have been happy, sad, angry, and hungry. The only way to tap into their emotional reservoir is to express the feelings of the characters.
a.Description: This is when you give the reader details of what you see, hear or feel. …


Learning how to describe our setting in story writing, we used the technique ‘Show’ and not ‘Tell’. Children learnt how to describe their setting to keep the readers interested instead of telling them directly. See what they came up with;

TELL:  Grandpa’s old cottage

 SHOW: The hinges creaked as I pushed open the door. I felt like peeing on my pants because of the eerie silence. As I walked into the house, cobwebs stuck to my face, screaming, I ran for my dear life and hit my head on the wall. Groaning with pain, I further explored the house. As I ventured further, a bat suddenly flew out of nowhere. I ducked my head and ran out of the house, promising never to go back. “Where are you coming from?” Grandpa asked as I stepped out.

TELL: An abandoned Barn
SHOW: As I walked in, a disgusting smell hit me, rat scurried around the room, and cobwebs hung down the ceiling like a special offer sign in a supermarket. As I shuffled my feet, a wave of dust blew towards me. I walked around barely taki…