Dear Parents

We have all had an excellent time this week submersing ourselves in the beauty of literature to celebrate World Book Day. What a wonderful range of activities and books we have experienced.

The week began with the introduction to a new class mascot…a spider plant and book kindly donated by the Crowley family. Each book contains a spider character and the plants are named after the different characters. Year One has a plant called Anansi, Year Three has Charlotte from Charlotte’s Webb and Pier have christened their plant Arianwen the beautiful spider from The Snow Spider book.

In addition to the creative English lessons, Reception enjoyed a biscuit and book with their Reading Ambassador partners and Year One used the stimulus of a story sack to inspire them to write postcards from Paddington Bear to Aunt Lucy in darkest Peru. Year Two and Year Three were so excited to be welcomed into the ‘Deepdene Restaurant’ for a book tasting session complete with table cloths and waitresses. Year 4 examined a range of books on a quest to discover mathematics in stories. The children in Pier class designed books for the younger children as part of the Reading Ambassadors scheme and had to think very carefully about their audience. And finally Pavilion class were inspired by famous children’s literature illustrators. We now may have some budding illustrator’s for the future.
We celebrated World Book Day today and wanted to say how fantastic all the costumes are! What a superb effort. All of the children and teachers dressed up and we held our famous fashion show in the afternoon. We were amazed at all the different character costumes.

The After School Club room was transformed into a book shop for the morning and each class visited to purchase a book and the Reception children were lucky enough to have a story with the ‘Book Shop’ librarian. Your child was given a book token to take home, which you can take to a book shop to spend.

We had a guest visitor this morning, local author Helen Peters. Helen presented two assemblies to both Lower and Upper school telling us all about her life as an author. She introduced us to some of the books she has written. The children were very engaged and thrilled to have their books signed by her.

We hope you have a very relaxing weekend reading.

Best Wishes
Mrs Gane, Mrs Mills and Ms Hayward