Book Day 2016 was a colourful and vibrant day at Kew College. The children in the Infant House were dazzled by Bridget Marzo and her tale about Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw. They completed a fun workshop decorating train carriages and characters for her story. The Junior House welcomed Sarah Holding, a local author, who had written the trilogy on Seabean. This was about time travel and Sarah talked about her inspiration for the books, as well as setting the children a task of writing their own diary entry. They all had the opportunity to buy signed copies of the author’s work.
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The day began with a wonderful display of children entering Nursery in their amazing costumes. Excitement and fun was experienced throughout the day. The author Bridget Marzo read her story to Nursery Red and Nursery Yellow. Then Mr Stickman was warmly welcomed. The day came to an end with Year 5 students reading to the Nursery children.
Kindergarten Blue and Green
Kindergarten had a fantastic time on Kew Book Day following the themes of 'Farmer Duck,' 'What the Ladybird Heard' and 'The Ugly Duckling.' They loved dressing up as their favourite characters and seeing their class teachers in costume. They were very excited to have a visit from Stick Man and delighted in creating pictures for his stick family. The children enjoyed creating farm-themed arts and crafts, participating in the Big Read and the wonderful workshop from the author Bridget Marzo. Bridget Marzo showed the children how to draw characters using shapes and brought them to life by adding expression.
The best part of Book Day was the parade in the playground. Said Maggie KGB
I liked it when Year 5 came in to read to us. Lily KGB
I liked seeing the author and being an illustrator in the workshop. Said Micah KGB
I liked the Big Read sitting on my pillow reading. Said Alessia KGB
I liked seeing all the other children dressed up as different characters. Said Esa. KGB
I liked visiting the Book Fair and getting another book in school. Josh KGG
I liked doing the pictures with the author. Polina KGG
I liked the costumes and walking around in the parade. Araya KGG
I liked bringing in my pillow and reading my book by myself. Vayun KGG
I liked the assembly and seeing the teachers in their costumes. Julius KGG
The day started with a visit from Bridget Marzo, who taught Year 1 to draw characters portraying lots of different emotions. The children were amazed to see how subtle changes of expression suggested to them what might be happening between two characters, leading to the potential beginning of a story. The children then filled train carriages with illustrations of their own, which, much to the excitement of the children, we joined to make a fantastically long train. It was an action packed day with the parade, the Big Read and visits from both Year 5 and from the Stick Man! Finally, inspired by the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance' they created jungle headbands with vibrant dancing animals. The Year 1's had such fun.
The parade was fun. There were some really good costumes. Zachariah Year 1
My favourite thing was the big read because I read the whole of my book and Mrs Morris read to us. Barney Year 1
I loved making my 'Giraffes Can't Dance' hat. Niko Year 1
Year 2 based their book day theme around trees and activities on The Lorax by Dr Seuss. They had been working hard decorating their classrooms with amazing Truffula Trees and the colourful Lorax and his friends. The children had also made posters to encourage us to recycle. Leading up to the celebration we recorded ourselves reading The Lorax.
The children in Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their Book Day. Our day started off with some very enthusiastic Year 5 children coming to read with us. We joined in the parade and loved seeing all the other amazing costumes. Stick Man arrived; he read to us and left us a very small twig child to look after in our classroom.
We met the amazing Bridget Marzo who read us her latest book. She showed us how to draw our characters, give them expressions and we joined all the pictures together to make an enormous train.
We enjoyed a relaxing BIG READ in the afternoon, sitting on our cushions reading our favourite books. We were so engrossed you could hear a pin drop!
A fantastic time was had by all. Thank you to all the mums and dads who helped with our super costumes! There were so many excellent characters from my naughty little sister to Fantastic Mr Fox!
Year 3 enjoyed book day immensely. We saw a variety of costumes from children's Classics old and new, but there were plenty of Gryffindors in the Octagon on Monday. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Sarah Holding, author of the Sea Bean Trilogy, and enjoyed writing our own continuation of Alice's adventures in time travel. We thought about what our time machines might look like on the inside, how they might be operated, what sounds they would make and what they would feel like to the touch. This exercise really got our imaginations going. What will our world look like in 2050? We'll have to wait and see!
Year Four had an amazing Book Day. We had some fantastic costumes and all of the children portrayed their chosen characters very well. We participated in role play activities, an author visit, story writing tasks, book cover redesigns and a whole class reading lesson, 'The Big Read'. A great day was had by all. Thank you to the parents and staff members who made 2016 Book Day such a success.
I really liked that we got to dress up. Stanzi
It was all about books, it was fun. Alex
I like that we all sat together and read for a lesson. Olivia
I liked that everyone got to wear really funny outfits. Maisie
It was more exciting than our usual Monday's. I wish we could do it more often. Sachin
I like that we got to create our own stories. Gemma
Book Day 2016 saw Year 5 visiting all of the Infant classes to read their favourite picture books to the little ones. En route there was just time to have a picture taken with the giant storybook, have a close look at the "Shelfie" noticeboard to work out which bookshelf belongs to each teacher and marvel at the odd places other pupils had been reading in with the display of "Extreme Reading".
After working on our cartoon strips and acting out a scene from a favourite book, having the chance to curl up with a book on a cushion was most welcome!
The highlight of the day was the workshop with Sarah Holding, who told us about the inspiration for the "SeaBEAN" trilogy. We were then given the opportunity to continue on from an episode in "Sea RISE2 and share our writing with the rest of the group.
Year 6 experienced a fantastic Book Day with a variety of tasks and experiences. Costumes ranged from aliens and Alex Rider to evacuees and Little Miss Chatterbox. As well as taking part in a Year 6 World Book Day Quiz, the children designed their own bookmarks and book token and wrote poetry about Kew College. They enjoyed an extended session with the visiting author, Sarah Holding, where they listened to Sarah describing her journey to having her books published, before writing their own section of a cliff-hanger from the Sea Bean Trilogy. It was a great day.
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Year 3 enjoyed book day immensely. We saw a variety of costumes from children’s Classics old and new, but there were plenty of Gryffindors in the Octagon on Monday. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Sarah Holding, author of the Sea Bean Trilogy, and enjoyed writing our own continuation of Alice’s adventures in time travel. We thought about what our time machines might look like on the inside, how they might be operated, what sounds they would make and what they would feel like to the touch. This exercise really got our imaginations going. What will our world look like in 2050? We’ll have to wait and see!