As always, the children of Fernhurst Junior School embraced Book Week and rose to the challenges on offer, writes literacy manager Helen Reeder.
Throughout the week, children were able to take part in a session run by Jasper Cooper, a well-known author and illustrator.
He showed them his artwork and read extracts from his books.
During one of our assemblies, a local reporter gave a talk and was then interviewed by the children.
They really enjoyed this and many commented after that they would like to become roving reporters.
As well as these activities we ran a second-hand book sale, and we also invited our parents and grandparents in, to read with the children and the children are taking part in a Read-a-thon to raise money for our classroom book corners.
Each year group chose a different decade for their theme and looked at authors and books from that era.
In Year 3, they chose the 1960s and looked at a variety of texts, their favourite being The Very Hungry Caterpillar which inspired them to write and illustrate their own picture book along the same theme.
They also read Where the Wild Things Are, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and wrote nonsense poems motivated by Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham.
Their costumes on the Friday were amazing, the children and staff had obviously gone to a lot of trouble.
The children in Year 4 focused on Winnie the Pooh and the 1920s.
They looked closely at the many well-known phrases and characteristics, from A A Milne’s classic.
Staff and children enjoyed dressing up as gangsters and flappers, in true 1920s style.
Spot, by Eric Bell, inspired Year 5 to create their own flap books and then share them with the younger children in the school.
As well as this they looked at the 1980s, in particular entertainment, technology and the fashions.
All of Year 5 looked amazing in their fluorescent outfits.
In Year 6, they focused on the 1990s and wrote newspaper reports on the spooky events from The Goosebumps series.
They also examined the historical events from the 1990s and discussed the impact that they had on life today.