Book Week 2015

Book Week – 23rd – 27th February 2015

What a fantastic Book Week we had at St John’s this week! It was so wonderful to see everyone showing such a love for reading, learning so much and having lots of fun!

Each year group had a different focus author (or authors) for the week:

• Year R read stories by Mick Inkpen. After reading about Kipper’s Birthday they decided to hold their own party to celebrate it!
• Year 1 and 2 loved reading Emily Gravett books. They reviewed the books and then each class voted for their favourite Emily Gravett story.
• Year 3 and 4 looked at Anthony Browne books. They explored top tips for excellent reading such as text marking, hunting for ‘clues’ hidden in the story and summarising a story.
• Year 5 and 6 enjoyed reading a range of picture books from the Hampshire Picture Book Awards. They were so inspired by these books they created their own and shared them with Year 1 and 2.

All year groups enjoyed visits to the Basingstoke Discovery Centre. Lots of stories were read and we got to explore and enjoy books held at the library. We found out a bit about how both fiction and non-fiction books are organised in the library. Some year groups also carried out a quiz to see if they could put this knowledge to the test!

On Wednesday we celebrated our Book Week with a book character dress-up day. Everyone, children and adults, made such a super effort and the school was filled with every book character imaginable! After school, families were invited in to school to share stories and books together.

Before Book Week children were given the opportunity to choose a read aloud book they would like to have read to them throughout the week. All week adults across the shared these stories with groups of children; every nook and cranny of St John’s was filled with storytelling! We also enjoyed having a story-teller come in to school for a morning. She shared some fantastic traditional tales and folk tales with us.

Finally, across the week children were encouraged to take part in a sponsored reading challenge. A big well done has to be said to everyone who took part for being such amazing and committed readers! The sponsored reading challenge raised over £1500 for our new eco-library!

A fantastic week was had by all!