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We love reading!

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglass

For Book Week, 5A delved into the mysterious – and slightly threatening – world of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

In writing, we first stepped into Dickensian London when we met a Victorian woman (Miss Wilson in disguise) who showed us the world of workhouses and crime. We used clips from the film as well as passages from the book to discover the characters of Bill Sikes, Fagin, the Artful Dodger and Oliver. We looked at how Dickens created exciting and eccentric characters and then we wrote our own Dickensian character descriptions. We looked at how we could imply characters’ inner characteristics and motivations through how we describe their exterior characteristics using different types of fronted adverbials.

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Throughout the week, we took part in many different reading events. We read with the Year 9s and Year 8s in buddy reading lessons and drank chocolate milk in a quiet reading session. We even took part in an extreme reading competition where we had to take a picture of ourselves reading in strange and exciting places. Well done to Gaspard and Yuju who were the winners!

We finished off the week by appearing as our favourite book characters. We had lots of fun guessing who everyone was supposed to be! The children were also incredibly excited by the fantastic Obido book sale and I saw many children leaving school loaded down with books!

I hope that this love of reading goes beyond Book Week and we can continue to share and experience the joy of reading. Lifetime readers are lifetime learners!

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