What an exceptionally busy week it has been in the run up to World Book Day - outings to the library for some (Reception), a visit from the author, Graham Jones and, of course, our much-loved dressing up on the day itself! Do look at the School’s Twitter account to see the lovely array of costumes. I was absolutely thrilled that everyone threw themselves into marking the 25th anniversary of World Book Day so enthusiastically. Baroness Gail Rebuck a foundering member of World Book Day highlighted the importance of reading back in 1997 and her message, “reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives” still rings true today – in my opinion there is nothing better than a good book.
This week, Kindergarten have been reading the traditional fairy tale story, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ Many versions have been read, from very precious little old hardbacks to modern picture books. We discussed the differences between them but, one thing we noticed in each was that there’s always a small, medium and large sized - bowl, chair and bed. There was plenty of talk about how Goldilocks went into the cottage without being invited - the children were quick to point out she should have waited to be asked in!
Reception enjoyed walking to Hampton library on Tuesday in some seasonably Spring showers! On the way there, we looked for signs of Spring, noticing blossom appearing on the trees and some beautiful, if a little damp, daffodils! We met the librarians who talked to us about the library and the fact that we can borrow books from there. We were amazed to find out not only could we borrow lots of picture books at a time, we can also borrow non-fiction, audio books and DVDs!
Year 1 had an exciting and story-filled week! In English we prepared for the visit of author Graham Jones, by writing questions we would like to ask him. The children remembered to start each one with a capital letter and end it with a question mark. When Mr Jones arrived on Wednesday the children were so thrilled to meet him in person, and to ask him their questions. We found out how old he was when he started writing, who his characters were based on, who illustrated his books, and how he celebrated after each book was published! We were so impressed with the children’s thoughtful and interesting questions.
Year 2 have had a super week, filled with many fun World Book Day events and the House Poetry competition! All of the children should be tremendously proud of themselves for taking part in the House Poetry competition this week. Each child chose and learnt a poem at home and recited this in front of their classmates on Monday. Following this, the children voted for their favourite performance in each house and these children performed their poem for a second time this morning at the Prep site in front of a much larger audience. The four Year 2 finalists were Zachary, Rayan, Aryan and Harry! They each performed their poems fantastically and should be extremely proud of their effort. Well done!