Monday 22 March, St Faith’s celebrated World Book Day! This year we made the decision to wait until we could all be together again, and it was worth the wait!
The school was filled with superheroes, Hogwart’s wizards, a variety of animals, fairy tale princesses and many other interesting characters. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at home who helped to create a costume. The children looked amazing!
This year, we focused on the idea that ‘we are all readers’ and here at St Faith’s we love to read! The children were treated to extracts of some well-known stories, read by some of their favourite people in school. There were many exciting texts for the children to listen to, including Mr Clark reading ‘Mr Tickle’, Mrs Groves reading ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and Paul in the Kitchen reading a popular chapter from The Twits. I wonder if you can guess the chapter Paul read?
The children were then inspired to complete many different activities based on these stories, from potion creations and recipe writing, to measuring perimeter in Maths using Mrs Twit’s worms! The children even enjoyed Mrs Twit’s Wormy Spaghetti for lunch with a wormy pudding too!
The Upper School began St Faith’s World Book Day with a bang as they were treated to a Teams visit from best-selling author Vashti Hardy. Some of her published titles include: The Harley Hitch series is aimed at children in Years 3 and 4, whilst her most famous stories the Brightstorm series and Wildspark (winner of the 2020 Blue Peter Best Story prize) are a great read for children in Years 5 and 6.
Vashti had the children spell bound during her presentation in which she spoke of how a primary school teacher sparked her lifelong love of writing by reading Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation.
Vashti let the children into her world, showing them how she creates characters, mystical lands and adventures! She championed the use of sounds to inspire them when they write and explained how she drew on the knowledge of Bear Grylls to help her characters escape peril in the correct manner. Mr Andrews is a huge fan of Vashti’s and having read all of her books gives them all a 5* rating! Before she left us there was just enough time for a Q and A session. The children asked really thoughtful questions and Vashti answered them brilliantly. A truly awe-inspiring start to the day! I will leave you with Vashti’s closing line “writing is not just about writing” ponder on that one for a while!