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Book Week 2017

During Book Week books, their authors, characters and storylines were a major focus for children across many areas of the curriculum. Children in all classes undertook book-related activities such as: looking at fiction texts, retelling favourite stories, researching the lives of authors, as well as designing book-jackets, creating settings and generally having lots of fun with books!

In addition, all classes took part in the ‘West End Book Swap.’ Children were asked to bring books to school that they no longer wanted or had out-grown. Children were invited to the ‘Book Swap’ throughout the day to choose new books of interest to them to take home and keep. By taking part, children were introduced to new authors and genres through recommendations from their friends, leading to lots of shared 'book talk’ and enhanced reading opportunities.

During the week we were lucky enough to be visited by Emma Warner-Reed, (the author of the ‘Dotty’ series) who led the children in fascinating writing workshops and gave them an insight into what the life of an author is like.

On World Book Day we all dressed as book characters, and raised lots of money for charity. Prizes were awarded to children in each class for the most imaginative and literary-themed costumes. Throughout World Book Day, children were challenged to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ whenever they heard a bell ring. This led to many unusual scenarios with children reading in corridors and all together in the hall.

Reading lies at the heart of all learning. It is a vital life skill which stimulates the imagination and gives enormous personal enjoyment.

It was lovely to see so much fun being had with books throughout the whole week.

Well done West End readers!