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Book Week 2020

We've enjoyed a brilliant week of learning, celebrating women of literature and making reading fun!

This year our fantastic theme was ‘Wonder Women!’ Each year group was assigned a ‘wonder woman’ as their author for the week; either an author whose work they may have already read, or someone not yet familiar to them.

We started the week off on Monday with an assembly where each group was given an empty ‘mystery silhouette’ of their wonder woman author and 3 fascinating facts (without telling them their identity initially.) They were given their book for the week in a sealed envelope to go and discuss back in class.

Mrs Sheppard also set the challenge for each class to ‘make-over’ a spare class chair and transform it into a storytelling chair using either their topics or their books for inspiration. Sustainable, recyclable materials were used or pupils brought in bits and pieces from home with a view towards displaying and sharing them in Friday's assembly. The final results are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Well done everyone!

Tuesday saw pupils taking part in Outdoor Adventure Activities. They had to find clues about their author or book at various stations dotted around the school grounds and solve these to decipher words or book titles. Everyone had great fun working out where they should be, and working together in their teams to solve the puzzles. 

On Wednesday we held a grand opening for our fantastic book boxes, as well as a book swap. 4 wooden book boxes, which were made by some of our Year 6 pupils and Marlborough students (one for Nursery/Reception, KS1, KS2 and our parents) were unveiled ready for installation on the KS1 & KS2 playgrounds

Alongside this each child was asked to join in a school-wide book swap and bring in a book from home that they would like to donate to the new Book Boxes. Each year group took a turn to choose a book suitable for their age that had been donated to read first, before putting it in the book box and selecting another title. Look out for the boxes around the school grounds and make sure to carry on using them.

We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, with pupils and staff coming to school dressed as a favourite book character. We were so impressed with the thought and effort shown by everyone, and really enjoyed seeing people's choice of character and guessing who they might be. Can you tell who we all dressed up as?......

On Friday Reception and Year One enjoyed a visit from local author, Nicky Gilbody to read her debut picture book, 'Atch....oops!', a heartwarming story showing that good can come from even the biggest mistakes. The children enjoyed finding out about a poor Trainee Dream Weaver who had a broken wand and a big problem – everyone had the wrong dream! They were captivated to find out whether things could be put right before dawn. Year One pupils also asked Nicky some good questions about being an author.

If you would like to purchase a copy, the book can be ordered at www.bluefalconpublishing.co.uk

All our learning and activities came together in Friday's Celebration Assembly, as pupils brought back their silhouette sheets brimming with facts and figures about their authors, and we also all had a chance to see the super work done on the story chairs. We have really enjoyed raising the profile of books and the pleasure in reading over the past few days; don't forget to ask your children what they have done and enjoyed this week....

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