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Book Week 2015

12 March 2015

What a memorable celebration of all things literary last week during our 2015 Book Week. Read Alison Piguet's review of the week in Primary.

What a memorable celebration of all things literary last week during our 2015 Book Week. Students from our Foundation classes as well as our Primary and Secondary sections spent 5 days reading, talking about and even writing their own books. In between our regular timetable and lessons, we welcomed authors, shared stories, listened to mystery readers and dropped everything and read! We also took part in World Book Day, which fell during the week on Thursday, 5 March. World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. Selected and supported by Unesco, it is marked in over 100 countries. At the same time, thanks to being part of a large education organisation, we were able to exchange views and share ideas about books and authors via the Global Classroom with students in NAE schools around the world. 

In the EYFS and Primary sections there were many highlights to the week. We were fortunate to have workshops provided by two writers, author Vicki Cooper and our very own journalist and LCIS mum, Robyn Goss. Vicki worked with year 1-3 and looked at how illustrations can inspire story writing, whilst Robyn worked with every class and looked at stories through the lens of mystery writing and the popular detective genre.

‘DEAR!’ which stands for ‘Drop Everything and Read’, was scheduled across the whole school and at certain times during the day, a message on our loud speaker announced that for the following 15 minutes everyone (including all staff) should stop what they were doing and pick up a book. Hooray!!

During the week, each class decorated their classroom doors as a book cover. In the EYFS and Primary section each class wrote a section of a collaborative story, which was read out in its entirety in assembly at the end of the week.

Book week was a real success in French too! Our youngest students had the opportunity to work on book-pages or on cartoons and to fill in captions, Year 5 and 6 read out-loud and wrote about their favourite books.

The costume parade, which took place on Friday, was a fitting end to the week. Children dressed up as a literary character, with prizes awarded for the most creative and original. Winners included:

Age Category




Early Years

1st  place

Oliver (F2)

Harry and the Bucket of Dinosaurs


2nd place

Jake (F2)

Tickle Monster


3rd place

Louisa (F1)

Chinese Princess

Year 1 to Year 3

1st place

Roxy (Y1)

Guinea Pig


2nd place

Freddie (Y3)



3rd place

Mathilda (Y2)

Cat in the Hat

Year 4 to Year 6

1st place( tie)

Maud (Y6)



1st place

Liam (Y4)

Willy Wonka


2nd place(tie)

George (Y4)



2nd place

Annika (Y5)

Mad Hatter


3rd place tie

Sienna (Y5)




Sophia (Y6)

Sir Walter Raleigh


Here are some quotes from students and staff:

‘Book week was brilliant. I really liked DEAR! because we were able to pick up a book and start reading even if it was in the middle of maths!’ (Olivia Year 6)

‘Book Week was a fantastic opportunity for students to consider and respond to what they read, what inspires writers and how they construct narrative.’ (Mr. Wood)

‘It was so interesting to see our youngest children during Book Week and how they responded, especially when they brought in books in their home language and presented them to the class in English.’ (Mrs. Peterhans)

‘I really like the Book Fair because I could add some fabulous books to my wish list!’ (Tom, Year 5)

‘Book Week provided us with a perfect moment to learn more about books and how authors get their ideas.’ (Mrs. Tomlinson).

‘Book Week was excellent. I really liked dressing up as Ginny from Harry Potter. I also read lots of books during the week. My favourite book was ‘Party Time’ from the  Dark Diaries series.’ (Aly, Year 5)

‘I really liked Book Week because…I love reading!!’ (Grant, Year 3)

‘Our Foundation children came up with some great ideas of how to help each other during the DEAR! sessions such as ‘ask for help’, ‘look at the pictures’, ‘sound out tricky words’, ‘find a quiet place’ and ‘ask Practising Parrot’!’  (Mrs. Furbur, EYFS)