King's St Alban's

19 March

So many books, so much fun!

Having agreed that World Book Day was never going to do justice to the treasure house that is children’s literature, KSA staff launched their very own KSA Book Week on Monday. Mr Braithwaite opened proceedings with a school assembly focusing on fiction and non-fiction, featuring such lively titles as ‘The Wizards of Once’ by Cressida Cowell (of How To Train Your Dragon fame), ‘The Good Thieves’ by Katherine Rundell, ‘Don’t Cook Cinderella’ by Francesca Simon (of Horrid Henry fame) and a pop-up book on volcanoes!

Many initiatives took place throughout the week. Each day, for example, classes took with them a ‘travelling book’ to be read out in the first five minutes of every lesson. Homeworks were all literature-based, along with tasks such as book bingo for Pre-Prep, book charades for the Junior School and a competition to create the best book cover and ‘blurb’ based on a favourite piece of children’s literature. Prizes for the winning entries were awarded in Celebration Assembly on Friday – of the chocolate variety of course, as we all know these are the best prizes! There was also a ‘Get Caught Reading’ competition, where children were challenged to get photographed reading their book in an unusual location. We have a fantastic variety of entries, with pupils ‘accidentally’ being caught reading in the airing cupboard, up a tree, sat on the bonnet of the car and in a barn with a new born lamb!  Our Pre-Prep children thoroughly enjoyed a visit from drama workshop company, ‘West End in Schools’ for workshops based on The Gruffalo for Reception and Year One and Jack and the Beanstalk for Year Two.  There were also opportunities throughout the school for children to hear what their classmates were reading; no doubt many will be following up on recommendations from friends! And the first and last English lesson of the week was spent doing… well, reading, of course!