Our primary library has been open every night and lots of parents have taken the opportunity to come in and read with their children and enjoy some yummy milk and cookies at the same time. Years 3-6 were lucky enough to enjoy a visit from Hong Kong based author Sarah Brennan who writes the fabulously funny Chinese Calendar Tales. She spoke to the children about her inspirations for all of her stories and the Chinese history and culture she weaves into them, as well as captivating us with a reading of her new book ‘Sybil Snake’. The story links to the only female emperor wu Zetain and the Chinese legend of the White Snake and the children learnt about how the Silk road played a crucial role in world history to disseminate ideas and trade. Sarah signed books and was thrilled to discover the children were so interested and keen to learn both about her books and chinese history. Hopefully she has inspired a few budding authors!
All week classes have been getting together with their reading buddies. Older children have taken stories down to Early Years Cubs and Key Stage 1 and read to the younger children. It has been great to see such enthusiasm for reading across the school.
Our week culminated in a dress up day on Friday. Children came to school dressed as their favourite brave hero or evil villian. As they arrived at school on friday they discovered the appearance of a mysterious Big Red Button in the playground. ‘Do Not Touch!’ a giant glittering sign ordered, but why? Lots of whispered considerations were heard, why was it there? What would happen if someone did push it? Minds raced and lots of imaginative outcomes were deliberated. This prompted some wonderful discussion in classes and the production of some fantastic writing. Children enjoyed the freedom of letting their imaginations run wild. But of course we will never find out what would have happened if the button was pushed as no one was brave enough to push it!