Book Week March 2017
This week, Pembridge Hall has been celebrating book week. The girls have had a phenomenal week, with a wide range of professionals coming into school to share their love of reading. Authors, illustrators, story-tellers and drama performers all regaled teachers and pupils alike.
Avril McDonald, author of Feel Brave stories, showed us feelings through books and provided interactive sessions that dealt with, “Little stories about big feelings.”
Katherine Rundell took us on exhilarating adventures with wolves and to the rooftops for the Fauré. Her presentations, sharp wit, inquisitiveness and passion for life were sewn throughout her chapters. Katherine described to the girls how she would plan and subsequently ask, “What if?” Her entire visit enthralled our girls.
KAS Quinn took us on a time-travelling adventure wherein Pembridge girls returned to the time of Queen Victoria. Primary and secondary sources were explored in the workshop with girls trying, touching or even putting some of them on.
Seiji Lim introduced the girls to the skills of illustrations using Disney as a platform. Concentration was paramount as artists were nurtured. Who knows what works of art are germinating? Might Pembridge produce the next Quentin Blake?
Acting-out the stories we read is perhaps the greatest compliment for an author. Peter Robertson, from Twizzle, offered girls in Year 2 and Year 4 opportunities to perform extracts from Roald Dahl and C. S. Lewis. Theses workshops related to their current author-studies and provided girls with another entrance to the authors’ worlds.
Drama4all, focused on fairy-tales and giving children from Reception and Year 1 the chance to express their thoughts and feelings about a variety of characters. Year 2 focused on freeze frames from a variety of different perspectives.
Each professional has enthused our girls in different ways; excitement has raced through corridors and down the halls, into classrooms and the playground. All these opportunities have reinforced and reminded the girls that reading is fun, and from all our hanging photos we’re reminded that reading can go on anywhere; reading a book shouldn’t be confined to a chair and table, or solely to bedtime. Reading defines a civilisation and Katherine Rundell reminds us that, “Books crow-bar the world open.”