Dear Parents and Carers, We’ve had a really fun and eventful week this week at BL! World Book Day wasn’t enough time for us to celebrate our love of literature so we had a Book Week! Every day saw authors, illustrators and performance artists come…
Dear Parents and Carers,
We’ve had a really fun and eventful week this week at BL! World Book Day wasn’t enough time for us to celebrate our love of literature so we had a Book Week! Every day saw authors, illustrators and performance artists come into assemblies and work with classes!
On Monday we kicked the week off with an assembly led by Giles Abbott, a voice coach and brilliant storyteller. http://gilesabbott.com/ Giles told the children a rather scary story which they loved! The power of storytelling is amazing, children sat engrossed in his tale and I am sure they felt inspired. He then went to work with EYFS and KS1 and Year 2 classes.
On Wednesday Rob Parkinson worked with KS1 http://www.imaginaryjourneys.co.uk/rob-parkinson/ and Stephen Davies http://www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk/ came in and worked with Reception Year and our Nursery.
On Thursday we had a wonderful dress up day for World Book day itself! The costumes were incredible! (see pics) Well done to all the children who were able to dress up and for all of the parents at home who put the outfits together! Also well done to the adults who made such an effort this year as well! Karl Nova did a great workshop with Year 5 and Year 6 on poetry and hip hop! https://www.youtube.com/user/KarlNova.
On Friday we rounded off the week with an assembly from Karen Wallace http://www.karenwallace.co.uk/ and then shared some of our favourite moments from the week! Thank you to Chloe who put all of these exciting activities together for us! It has been a superb week.
In addition to all things literary, our Year 6s won the Linklaters debate Challenge last Friday! They are now through to the second round of the debating competition. Well done to Karl, Cecily, Cordelia, Keira, Gillie and Zach and thanks to Anna and Dorinda for taking them along! Debating is clearly a skill our children have which we need to further develop!
On Wednesday Remy and Ania from Year 6 took a visitor from Hackney Learning Trust around the school. Her feedback was that she was escorted around the school by “two well-mannered, welcoming and polite Year 6 pupils” who were “very animated and showed off their school with pride”. Thank you to Remy and Ania, you’re a total credit to Betty Layward and I’m very proud of you both. We have so many articulate, charming pupils here, we really are very lucky!
Also on Wednesday Year 2 Peach class did a fantastic assembly on healthy eating linked to the Anansi stories! I loved the performances – so loud and energetic! And Dawn’s spider was amazing! Thank you to all the children involved and to Stephen and Dawn for putting it together!
On Friday we rounded the week off with a visit from Betty Layward’s family! The family were delighted by all of the wonderful things that go on here and were very glad the connection between us and them has been re-established. We unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion in the foyer which will soon house a picture of Betty too!
Phew! What a week!