The word of the day was definitely “books”, for this year’s celebration of World Book Day. It was lovely to see so many colourful literary characters brought to life by the children and staff of Pre Prep. From traditional fairy tale characters to more modern characters, the children all looked fabulous in their costumes.
Year I took the opportunity to work on a themed Maths activity. Continuing their topic of money and its uses, they created a ‘book shop’ with the books they brought in to share for World Book Day. Firstly, the children had to ‘price up’ the books. Then each group nominated a ‘shop keeper’. Next, the ‘customers’ had to choose a book and work out how to ‘pay’ for the book using the coins they had available. The children had a great time enjoying their books, as well as handling money and role-playing shopkeepers and customers.
The children in Prep this year were treated to fantastic visit by popular author Andrew Lane. This week has certainly proved to be a busy one for our visiting author, our school being the fourth one he had visited in as many days! Andrew took us through his journey to become an author touching on his love for all things mysterious through the adventures of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A character who has never really left the literary or film scene, even creeping into well-known children’s programmes such as Tom and Jerry and My Little Pony!
Andrew gave us a lively and very informative presentation in the morning showing us his many different book covers for books published in other countries and explaining how his series “Young Sherlock” came to be published. He completed his presentation by signing a vast amount of books that the children had purchased.
The remainder of the day was spent in the library with some fortunate library assistants and Year 3 book club members. Here he took the children on a journey of how to write “really good fiction”. Examples of where and how to set the scenes of your writing were accompanied by clips of Doctor Who, Star Wars and The Avengers, revealing how writers foreshadow events in books and how to help your audience into the secret plot of the book.
The children were today given a wonderful opportunity and we hope they will be inspired to begin writing their own short stories and narratives. And so World Book Day comes to an end for 2017. This day really is such a wonderful opportunity to highlight the importance of books and reading for the children!
Don’t forget that the special World Book Day tokens can now be used in all major book shops to purchase the special World Book Day books!
MRS JENNINGS, MISS SHOTTON