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Book Week fun

As well as our annual book character parade we introduced some other events to Book Week this year. The first was infant and junior book quizzes based along the lines of a pub quiz - an idea I got from a colleague at nearby Trafalgar Junior School.

The juniors were organised into house groups with representatives across the Year groups. Their first task was to come up with their team name, for example The Twits and The Where's Wallies? The infants were mixed together and also came up with interesting team names such as Captain Underpants and The Very Hungry Caterpillars.

Staff devised the questions for each round. The rounds were made up of quick quizzy questions (for example: Add the number of Dalmatians to the number of Snow White's dwarfs and the number of Wise Men), poetry posers (How many lines in a Haiku?), magic moments (Who polished a lamp and raised a genie? and Who wrote The Indian in the Cupboard?), and pictures of characters to identify.

Cockney rhyming slang conjured up some interesting interpretations in the junior poetry round. And horrifyingly the children thought that the most widely-read book was Harry Potter - a bit of a concern for a Catholic primary school as it's really the Bible!

Another exciting event was the infant bedtime story. The children were invited back to school in dressing gowns and pyjamas at 6.30pm to have a bedtime story read to them by their teacher. They brought in a selection of their favourite books and were given a biscuit and a glass of milk and settled down with teddies and cushions. The parents loved this event as did the children and staff.

We also arranged classes coming together across the key stages. Year 6 worked with Year 2 to create books on the Great Fire of London. Year 5 worked with reception on fairy tale anthologies, Year 4 worked with Year 1 on modern retellings of traditional tales and Year 3 produced a story sack for Year 1 based on Cinderella.

Helen Frostic Deputy headteacher, St Osmund's Roman Catholic Primary School, Richmond upon Thames

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