World Book Week
To mark Blackheath Prep’s Book Week from 5th to 9th March 2018, we have had a variety of inspiring opportunities to learn more about books and the world of story-writing.
Our week began with a bang, a boom and a blast with a visit from the Mr Gum author, Andy Stanton. Andy joined all of the Prep classes on Monday afternoon for a rollicking session in which we watched him drink water and say, “Aah”. The children thought it was hilarious and he even did it in French! Amidst all the jokes and water-drinking, Andy also gave the children some excellent advice on how to write books. He recalled how he wrote his first Mr Gum book in one sitting, as all it takes is one good idea to get started and from that you can build a whole new world of stories.
Gareth P. Jones was the next author to join us on Wednesday. Gareth entertained the Pre-Prep classes with beautiful music and songs that he had written and accompanied them on his accordion and ukulele. He had all the children (and staff) singing along! Gareth introduced his captivated onlookers to cheeky pirate Whoose and to a baby dinosaur that lived in an egg and ate toys. It was a magical visit that filled the children’s imaginations and showed them the wonder of storytelling.
On Thursday, the Nursery children were visited by local author, Sue Pavey. Sue came in to share her latest book Where Are You Hiding Charlie Dog? and to tell the children all about her inspiration – her own Scottish terrier, Charlie Dog. The children were each given a Charlie Dog mask to create and a copy of Sue’s book to take home and enjoy.
The culmination of our week was the annual World Book Day assembly. The theme this year was Share a Story and some of the children in Years 3 and 4 contributed to a short film sharing their favourite novels with the rest of the school. Mrs Bevan showed the school some of the crazy things that can be accomplished in just 10 minutes as a way of illustrating to the children the possibilities opened up by just 10 minutes of reading a day. Following the assembly, it was the teachers’ turn to Share a Story by spending the next lesson reading a book to their classes. It was a wonderful way to end a truly inspiring and educational week.