Book Week 2017
During the academic year 2016/2017 we have already had two thrilling book weeks due to our love of reading and writing.
Owl English Week
Owl themed English was an innovative way to engage children and provide an exciting stimulus for learning.
The week kicked off with a visit from Owl Time where the children got a chance to learn about 6 owls from around the world and got up close and personal with their flight demonstrations in the hall. The children were truly amazed at how silently the owls swooped over them in flight.
The children then took to their classrooms to find out more information about owls and investigate owls in literature. Work was based around texts such as Owl Babies, The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark, Harry Potter and The Owl and the Pussy Cat.
The children began busily with their creative writing and produced information texts, sequencing activities, spoon story-telling, owl poetry, owl bird’s eye views of Kings Hill, Harry Potter diary entries and metaphor descriptive poetry. There was such a variety of fiction and non-fiction work and it was fantastic to see the children so engaged with their work.
The children also had a special visit from Haru (an Asian Brown Wood Owl) and took part in art and craft activities.
The children made owl masks, owl sock puppets, painted owl pebbles and learnt how to draw Haru.
Throughout the week and over half term the children took part in the Reading Miles Global Challenge. The children were issued with passports to record their reading activity. Reading for 10 minutes equalled 500miles travelling around the Global Challenge. The children were rewarded with certificates of their reading journey recorded how far they had travelled on a class world map.
The Travelling book fair was stationed in the ICT suite after school throughout the week and it was wonderful to see enthused children clutching their new books. Book fair sales have generated a significant amount of money that will be invested into classroom reading corners.
Towards the end of the week we had a visit from author David Long who spoke about his book ‘Survivors’ – stories of people who have survived dangerous situations. The children were gripped and many queued up to get their copies of the book signed.
The end of Owl English Week culminated with a celebration of work that was shared with the whole school. The children showcased their writing, artwork, Science discoveries and there was a performance from Year 3 of their song ‘2 Twits and a Twoo!’
Well done to all, it really was a memorable week.