Schools across the country closed in March because of Covid19 and children began learning at home. While children are unable to read for pleasure together at school there are lots of ways to continue with our love of reading.
Here are some ideas:
Keep reading! (or listening )
In March, we celebrated World Book Week in style at St Anne's! We welcomed our Patron of Reading, Neal Zetter, who spent the day running fun, poetry workshops with classes. On Tuesday we transformed our library into a 'Read and Relax Zone'; The children came into the library and read with different year groups in our special story tents and then enjoyed hearing and getting involved in a story. The children also enjoyed dressing up later in the week as a book character and taking part in a competition to decorate their classroom in the style of their favourite book front cover. What a week- Looking forward to next year!
In November we celebrated our own special Poetry Week at St Anne's. All children from Nursery to Year 6 had the opportunity to read lots of great poetry, write poetry, create poetry based art and learn one poem off by heart. All children performed their poem to the rest of the school and parents on the Friday and it was a great success! We were also lucky enough to have a visit from our Patron of Reading, poet Neal Zetter who delivered an assembly and ran workshops with some of our children. What a great week- check out our tweets!
We were very excited to start our Must Read Club again this year! We join other children in Tower Hamlets in challenging ourselves to reading the six shortlisted Must Read books.
Here, some of the children from our Must Read club are discussing the book Wild Robot by Peter Brown. We also had the opportunity to attend the Book Award Finale at Canary Wharf where we met some of the authors!
We have run five exciting events over the last year:
These have been much more successful and well supported than we had imagined they would be. We are looking forward to our finale event Music and Marshmallows!!
The Launch of our Project- 'Dads' in School'
We had an amazing time at the launch of our 'Dads' in School' project yesterday when we started our year of activities focussing on bringing male role models into the school.
At our our first event, 'Bring your Father Figure to School Day', dads, grandads, uncles and other father-figures had the opportunity to see their child in their classroom setting, to practise their football skills with coaches from Wapping FC and then to enjoy tea and snacks in the sun. We had a great time and were very impressed by the amount of father figures who supported this afternoon of activities. Thank you! We look forward to our next event!
World Book Day 2019
We have had an amazing week here at St Anne’s celebrating World Book Week. On Monday, we had a visit from a professional storyteller, Liz Fost, who entertained and engaged us all!
On Tuesday, we opened a pop up book shop in school and all children were able to choose a book to take home. We finished the week with our ‘tell a story’ session on Friday when parents and other adults heard children tell the stories they had been learning all week. A big well done to everyone!
The members of the book club got the opportunity to attend the award finale at Canary Wharf's East Winter Garden and even performed an amazing presentation based on one their favourite books from the short list 'The Wolf Wilder'.
But the winner of the afternoon was the author Jo cotterill who wrote the winning book The Library of Lemons, which we love at St Annes! If you haven't read it yet, head to the library!
St Anne's Must Read Book Club
Twelve children from years five and six were selected to be part of the Must Read Book Club this term, a group in which they read the Tower Hamlets Book Award shortlisted books. They challenged themselves by reading six books (one a week!) that they wouldn't usually read and had fun discussing and debating them. Well done!
Shadowing the Kate Greenaway shortlist.................
It has been all about the pictures in the library recently- we have been holding school-wide shadowing lessons of the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist.
Pupils 'shadowed' the judging process for best illustrations in a children's book and looked at the links to Amnesty International and Human Rights.
We were very lucky to have the 8 beautiful books in our library for pupils to review & we all VOTED for our favorite illustrations...
Our winner was Wild Animals of the North.
We had a special day of activities in the library with activities linked to the shortlisted books.
Jacqueline Wilson Trip on World Book Day
Some children in year four had the fantastic opportunity to go and see the famous author Jacqueline Wilson. They loved listening to her speak and buying signed copies of her books. Two competition winners had the chance to go and get their books personally signed by Jacqueline Wilson.
Year 5 had the fantastic opportunity to go and see Micheal Rosen perform some of his best poetry at the Old Vic Theatre.
Our poem of the month in the library is 'I am Hungry' by Michael Rosen, it is very funny!
See him read it here:
We are happy to announce that Namira in year 5 won a prize in the Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition- Well done Namira!!.
As part of her prize, Namira got to attend a creative writing workshop with the award winning author of 'Smart', Kim Slater. Here she is meeting Kim Slater along with Kenzie also in year 5.
Poem of the Month
Our new Poem of the Month is called 'Dreaming of Summer' by Ken Nesbitt and reminds us of the summer we are looking forward to.
This months poem of the month is:
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae
In memory of the lives lost during the World Wars
This month Namira Sandhu in Year 5 has won the 'Must Read' Book Review Competition. Click the picture below to read her review of 'Smart' by Kim Slater
We were lucky enough to have the author Sam Gayton - known for novels such as Hercufleas & The Snow Merchant - visit our school and Library!
During Sam's visit he did an exciting interactive assembly with KS1 & KS2 getting the children to give input to his new book Lillput which is a follow on from Gullivers Travels.
Sam also did workshops with Year 5 and 6 showing them ways to create characters and story openings, as well as joining the Book Club at the end of the day to give a Q+A Session, along with book signing.
Thanks for coming in Sam!