On Wednesday afternoon, the whole of Grimsdell’s Year 2 came down to Belmont Library for a very special story party. Mrs Harvey (Grimsdell’s Librarian) and Mrs Hunt (Belmont’s Librarian) had prepared themed activities based on Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’ moving picture book The Suitcase: When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? A teacup? Maybe. A table and chair? Perhaps. A whole home and hillside with trees? This stranger must be fibbing! But when the animals break into the suitcase and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through, and together they create a very special welcome present …
After enjoying the story and thinking about its theme of kindness to strangers, the children were split into three groups and moved around a carousel of activities, including a team building challenge, a drawing activity and designing their own teacup pattern using lots of sticky things! Several of Belmont’s Year 7 Library Assistants were on hand to assist the younger children, helping them with their activities and suggesting ideas. After a hectic and fun-filled party, the Year 2 children were given a special library goody bag to take home with them, designed by the Library Assistants. It was lovely to see the pupils interacting with each other and the afternoon gave the younger children to opportunity to explore a little more of Belmont ahead of the new term in September.
Many thanks to Noah, Tabitha, Maya R, Lauren, Prisha, Lux, Eleanor (and Irene in Year 8, who had to leave halfway through for music rehearsals) for all their help with the children and clearing up afterwards. Thank you to Mr Black for ensuring the safe delivery of the bricks for the team-building activity and also to the Grimsdell staff who accompanied the children and helped to make the session run so smoothly. Finally, the biggest thanks must go to Mrs Harvey for suggesting the visit, as well as for all her preparation and hard work beforehand.
Mrs Hunt, Librarian