During the week commencing 26th February, we celebrated World Book Day and the magic of reading with a week of traditional tales activities. This started with a host of mystery readers surprising each class with a special story.

The Get Caught Reading competition created great enthusiasm amongst the boys, as they sought unusual places to read and have their photo taken. Thank you for all of your entries and congratulations to our winners in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. All entries are on display in our school library.

The library underwent a makeover ready for Book Week. It has been transformed into an Enchanted Forest Library, complete with leaf canopies, new furniture and nature rugs. On display are boys’ wonderful artistic creations of book covers from their favourite books. A huge thank you to the Friends of Squirrels for funding our new library.

On Tuesday 27th February, we were very lucky to be visited by Ann Bryant, the hugely talented children’s author. Each year group experienced an interesting and lively workshop based around Ann’s engaging stories, culminating in a whole school assembly in which Ann shared some of her poetry. After school, Ann signed many of her books and the boys and parents enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Ann one-to-one. Our grateful thanks go to Friends of Squirrels for funding this very special experience

On Thursday 1st March, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up in the Traditional Tales theme. We collected donations for the official World Book Day charity, Book Aid International – thank you for your donations.

Book Week saw the school launch ERIC time (Everyone Reading in Class). Every day the boys and adults have time to read for pleasure. This initiative has been enthusiastically received and we look forward to ERIC time being part of our curriculum.

On Friday 9th March, Friends of Squirrels and the School Council joined forces and hosted a Traditional Tales Book Festival. The boys enjoyed creative crafts and tasty treats from the sweet stall. The pre-loved book sale was a phenomenal success, thanks to the great quality of books that were donated by parents. The book sales alone raised Friends of Squirrels ££242.50 and created a fantastic buzz of excitement in the hall!

Thank you all for supporting our events so enthusiastically – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Mrs Logan