Our jungle themed Book Week was an exciting and dynamic experience for all concerned. We began the week with a story reading carousel.
The boys were presented with a list of stories and story readers and invited to choose the story to which they would like to listen. As always, the PE department was a popular choice and Mr Morrison read Julia Donaldson’s Tabby McTat to a large and enthusiastic group of listeners.
Another favourite story based activity of the boys is the paired reading session. On this occasion the Y2 and 3 boys selected their favourite picture books and settled down to read them to a YR or Y1 partner. The older boys did a brilliant job of engaging their younger partners and entertained them with their expressive and sometimes dramatic story reading skills.
There were many enthusiastic entrants for both competitions. It was lovely to see boys dashing into the entrance hall first thing in the morning, eager to study the photographs and work out which books they were from. Judging the alternative reading material competition was a tricky task due to the variety of interesting entries, which included underground maps, bus journey details, road signs, building site signs, cereal boxes, menus and theatre programmes. I am personally very happy to see evidence of boys extending their reading skills beyond children’s books.
The highlight of our week was the story writing workshop held by visiting author Ian MacDonald. Ian captivated the boys with his retelling of Mrs Wrelton’s Dinosaur and then guided them through their own story writing challenges in which they were able to devise alternative characters and events for his book.
Many enthusiastic readers came to the hall after school to purchase signed copies of Ian’s books. Boys using the School library will also find copies available for loan.
Our Grand Finale was dressing up day on Friday. The costumes were incredible. Teaching a class full of jungle animals was a new and exciting challenge! I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents for their unremitting support in the week’s activities and of course to the staff for their enthusiastic participation without whom the week could not have been such a great and enjoyable success.