March 04, 2023
Our pledge this year, for World Book Day, is to share the joy of reading for pleasure.
Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success, and it’s fun for all involved.
What an exciting day this was. The day before, all lower school pupils were reminded of the story of The Three Little Pigs. On arrival to assembly they were greeted with what seemed to be a protest, with our Pupils Leaders all shouting, “FREE THE WOLF, FREE THE WOLF.”
Lower school were surprised. “I don’t know what is going on,” said Nicole.
In the assembly, Helen explained that you can’t always believe what you hear or read. She went on to elaborate with the Wolf’s version of the story of the three little pigs. The true story of The Three Little Pigs as told by A. Wolf.
What was interesting to learn from Mr. Wolf, was that he was in fact going over to his neighbours house to borrow some sugar to cook his Granny a cake for her birthday. Unfortunately, he had a terrible cold which made him sneeze.
By the time he got to the brick house he was feeling a bit fed up and didn’t expect the pig living there to be so rude to him. He accepted he was angry but denied any wrongdoing when the police turned up.
Pupils were asked if they believed the version from the wolf. About half of them stood up. We had an interesting discussion on not always believing what you read on the internet and how people can have different opinions and perspectives about what happens in the same situation. This also linked in with our literacy focus this term; listening for meaning.
Pupils were asked to produce a newspaper article with the wolf’s version of the story. The winner will be announced next week.
Another activity of the day gave us the chance to search for hidden Where’s Wally figures which had been dotted around the school. EL put them in the woods which made it even more exciting. The class with the most figures will win a prize next week. This linked nicely with our lower school theme of being detectives.
Another competition we had was guessing the character Deacon had come as (see below). I’ve had about 10 guesses so far; a prize will be given next week.
World Book Day also gave us a great opportunity to launch our new library. We have been collecting books for some time and we now have a library full of fiction, non-fiction, younger and older books, as well as audio books and a smart speaker that when you ask, reads stories. Every class was invited along. We spent some time looking at the rules for the library and then exploring the books. We are pleased to say quite a few pupils have already borrowed some books.
Our Pupil Leaders have finally been able to set up a reading buddy system. They will be in the library 1.30pm to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to read with other pupils.
After a great day, all pupils left with a book voucher so that they could buy a book of their own.