What a brilliant week we’ve all had here at St Bart’s! World Book Day launched a whole week of fun activities designed to inspire the children to explore new books and discover the joys of reading for pleasure.
The week got off to a flying start with a visit from the Tall Trees Theatre Company on Monday who combined live music and puppetry to bring their incredible, original stories to life. Isabel from Year 3 described the actors as “amazing” and said she felt like she was drawn into a fantasy world: “It was really funny. I loved it when the dog Shackleton went to a beauty salon in the big city after he ran away!”
Tuesday saw Key Stage 1 pupils come in to school in their pyjamas for the bedtime story event. Any awkwardness about being at school in their PJs soon disappeared at the sight of cups of hot chocolate and plates of biscuits, which were waiting for them on arrival. Mrs Bowditch, Mrs Payne and Mrs Rivers then entertained all the children and their teddies with exciting new tales as well as a few old favourites like The Cat in the Hat. This gave the children a good taster of the range of books available to them in the library.
On Wednesday, school started early for Key Stage 2 pupils with the Big Book Breakfast; funnily enough, none of them seemed to mind! The healthy breakfast goodies seemed to go down well and the children were then given prompt cards, which guided their questions as they talked in groups about their favourite books. Their animated conversations would have made Richard and Judy proud!
The school has been buzzing with excitement around the theme of Jack and the Beanstalk. The beanstalk even found its way into our school library and over a tent in which children could read or listen to stories. Apparently, Jack has found himself on the wrong side of the law and our diligent journalists in Year 6 have been closely following his trial and writing some gripping reports. The children got more than they bargained for on Thursday when they had a visit from the giant himself to the sound of “Fee Fi Fo Fum” echoing through the corridors. No one knows where he came from or where he went but some of Mr Griffin’s pupils thought he had a suspiciously familiar voice!
Each day this week classes went on a trip to Wootton Bassett library where the librarians were waiting to welcome them with activities tailored for the children according to their age. Owls, Cygnets, Robins, Puffins and Kingfishers enjoyed a treasure hunt and story time at the library while Swans, Herons, Flamingos, Kestrels, Merlins and Falcons were all given a guided tour and a special talk about the books and resources available to them.
Meanwhile, our Year 6 school librarians have been busy hosting book café sessions and giving their fellow pupils plenty of guidance on the resources available to them in their school library.