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Reading Week

Lower School
To misquote Dr Seuss, “Oh the places Lower School have been” this Reading Week. We’ve hunted for Wallys, searched for Narnia in the woods, made dream catchers out of willow and bookends in D&T- and that was just the start!

We’ve discussed our favourite books, recited poetry, read to pupils at Grimsdell and competed in the House Book Quiz! We’ve participated in drama workshops with Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” and “Anisha, the Accidental Detective.

We have been inspired and entertained by David Walliams’ visit and, to top it all off, all the diverse, entertaining and wonderful characters that can be found in books have been reflected in our costumes for the House World Book Day parade. What a week!

Mrs E Pendred
Lower School English Coordinator


Upper School
While Lower School have travelled to many places, Upper School have been travelling through time: Year 6 pupils went back to the smoggy streets of Victorian England and brought joy to this miserable era with their imaginative and interactive Fayre stalls, to extend their reading of ‘Cogheart’; Year 7 have travelled to the future, to worlds we hope never exist – engaging with a range of Dystopian Fiction texts and exploring the theme of censorship by creating and performing blackout poetry; and Year 8 have travelled way back to the 16th Century to explore the most famous writer of all time: William Shakespeare. In addition, yesterday morning, some of our Year 7 Library Assistants travelled back in time to the life of their former selves as they visited Grimsdell to read their favourite childhood books to the younger children in the Foundation.

Alongside the curriculum, there have been competitions, House book quizzes, enrichment clubs, debating, laughs with David Walliams, and much sharing of beloved books. It has been a colourful, vibrant and buzzing week, and we look forward to the pupils sharing a full outline of their experience with you in next week’s Newsletter.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support the World Book Day parade, but also to all the families who might not have made it on the day but certainly made the effort to conjure up some imaginative costumes!

A reminder that the Read for Good Readathon ends tomorrow and any donations that you are able to make to support children who have not had such a magical week will be very much appreciated: https://readathon.my.salesforce-sites.com/sponsor/R4G_SponsorPupilFindSchool1

Miss S Bufton
Head of English