Animal Kingdom Book Week

During the week commencing Monday 4th March 2019, we celebrated World Book Day and the thrilling adventures that reading can take us on with a week focusing on The Animal Kingdom. Our week was filled with an author visit, secret readers, dressing up, book swapping, sharing stories as well as work with other classes and competitions!

Before our official school Book Week, on Friday 1st March, Friends of Squirrels and the School Council joined forces and hosted a 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 sale created a fantastic buzz of excitement in the hall, which got the boys ready for the week ahead! 

On Monday 4th March, we were very lucky to be visited by Shoo Rayner, the talented children’s author and illustrator.  Each year group experienced a fascinating and animated workshop based around Shoo’s stories and illustrations, ending in a whole school assembly in which Shoo shared some a story with us.  After school, Shoo signed many of his books and the boys and parents enjoyed the opportunity to meet with him one-to-one. We are all extremely grateful to Friends of Squirrels for funding this very special experience.

The Teachers Read Too competition displayed on a window in Orchard Hall created a buzz in the playground, as the boys racked their brains to work out who all the mystery teacher readers were.  Well done to all the boys who entered and congratulations to our winners in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. 

On Thursday 7th March, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up in an array of different costumes all based on the Animal Kingdom theme.  We collected donations for the official World Book Day charity, Book Aid International – thank you for your donations we managed to raise £123.90.

On Friday 8th March, we ended our fantastic Book Week with the great book swap. The boys each brought in a pre-loved book that they through someone else in their year groups would enjoy reading. We swapped book and the boys were so excited to read a book donated by a friend. Thank you to Friends of Squirrels for donating some extra books so that this exciting experience could happen.

During Book Week, we re-introduced a popular idea from last year’s book week: 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.

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


Miss Hickman