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This week in BVIS Primary School – From Ms Rosy Clark 25/09/2015

25 September 2015

Books! Books! Books!

What a wonderful week we have had here in Primary at the British Vietnamese International School! Yes, it has been our annual Book Week. In every class throughout the school, reading and books have been our focus. I know the children have had a great deal of fun and I am sure that their enthusiasm for books has grown.

Bich Khoa and the 2Steves

We were delighted to welcome real-life authors to the school this week – both British and Vietnamese. They brought different approaches to books for the children to learn about.


Bich Khoa shared her writing and beautiful artwork with the children. As you can see from the photos, she then inspired the children to produce their own creative pictures.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the humour brought by our English visitors, the 2Steves. Their presentations were interactive, involving drama and comedy, and focused on story telling in different genres, as appropriate to the particular age of the children.


Reading Garden

At BVIS we know that reading with older children has a very powerful influence on young readers. This week we created a very special space for this to take place – our BVIS Reading Garden. An indoor space which was inviting, cosy and relaxing was very much enjoyed by children from Early Years through to Secondary as classes paired up and older students shared books with youngers ones.


Spot the Reader!

A game created especially for Book Week 2015 by Ms Gillie allowed children to earn housepoints if they were particularly observant. On Monday, Ms Truc was spotted reading in the Dining Hall. On Tuesday Ms Jo could be found reading on the stairs and on Wednesday Ms Van was in the Primary Foyer. Daring Ms Julie was spotted on the Climbing Frame on Thursday and today Mr Charlie was in assembly reading!


Book character assemblies

Thank you to all parents who attended today’s Book Week assemblies and for supporting us with costumes for the children. I would also like to thank our wonderful team of teachers in Early Years and Primary because they made such an enormous effort with their own character costumes to inspire a love of books in the children. I hope you enjoy the photos of today’s assemblies!


Primary Book Week – Mr Oliver

The Primary School has been abuzz with excitement this week, as a result of the engaging and exciting activities planned by your child’s class teachers. Each of the year groups have been focusing on either a particular story or genre of story.

In Early Years the children have been engaged throughout the week with activities connected to the famous book character, ‘Spot the Dog’.


In Year 1 and 2 the children have been reading the “Funny Bones” stories, creating costumes and using the books  to learn the names of different parts of the body, which led to a dance in Friday’s assembly.


In Year 3, they used the world renowned children’s classic “Harry Potter” as a stimulus for lots of exciting activities, including writing potion instructions and then making their own spell potions. Children were also sorted into the famous houses of Hogwarts: Ravenclaw, Huffelpuff, Gryffindor and Slytherin and learnt to play ‘Quidditch’ in their PE lessons.


Year 4 have been focusing on ‘pirates’ and the classic story of “Robinson Crusoe”, which led to them learning pirate language and creating their own Robinson Crusoe books in ICT.


In Year 5, their theme was ‘stories from other cultures’. They focused on the story of “Ali Baba” and a story from Africa. As part of this, Year 5 children had an opportunity to learn African drumming in Music and they created their own African outfits.


‘Adventure stories’ was the theme for Year 6, with children learning how to write engaging adventure stories. They then had an opportunity to learn how to create a book cover for their story in their ICT lessons.

In Music the children have been learning the famous Beatles song ‘Paperback Writer’, which they then performed well in assembly on Friday.

On top of all these exciting in-class activities, the children have been entertained by workshops and presentations by English authors The 2Steves and also Vietnamese author Bich Khoa.

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and energy to make this an outstanding week in the BVIS calendar. Also a thank you to all the parents who were able to join us for assembly on Friday.