Last week proved to be a very entertaining week at Prior Park Prep School as pupils and staff celebrated World Book Week with a variety of activities across the year groups.
Pre-Prep pupils arrived at school clutching piles of books they had outgrown for their special ‘Book Swap’ on Thursday and Prep pupils attended the Book Fair where they had £10 to spend on appropriate reading material of their choice.
On Tuesday morning, pupils in Nursery – Year 1 had a visit from the storyteller, James Smith. Nursery and Reception helped act out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and found that the tables in the Pre-Prep Conservatory were excellent places to hide from the giant! Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed the story ofThe Twits; Roald Dahl is a favourite author for these year groups so everyone joined in climbing up and painting Mr Twit’s tree with Hug Tight glue.
On Wednesday, Sir Linkalot (of thinkalink.co.uk) visited the school, engaging children with his creative and entertaining ways of linking ideas and concepts to aid learning. Oliver Hodgson, a Year 7 pupil, described the sessions as “Fantastic and great fun” and he “can still remember the spellings we were taught last Wednesday”.
Thursday was a highlight of the week, with the ‘big dress up’ as pupils and several staff celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as a character from their favourite book. Pre-Prep were delighted to find that one of them had dressed up as Mr. Twit (complete with bits of food in his beard!) following the storyteller visit earlier in the week and despite Mrs Mackenzie, Head of Pre-Prep, being dressed as Cruella De Vil, they were happy to discover she was not as cruel as in the story! Other costume favourites included the Highway Rat, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Stickman and a well-planned group of St Trinian’s girls!
It really proved to be an enjoyable and engaging week of literacy activities for all the pupils and parents really helped their children to enter into the spirit of the occasion. After an unusual day of Maths lessons with Clark Kent and Latin with Willie Wonka on Thursday pupils can’t wait to see what characters will be teaching them next year!