For World Book Day this year, we entered the 'Flying High with Reading' competition. We thought long and hard about what we could do to show our love of reading in display form. Inspired by Emma Carroll's book 'Sky Chasers' and the Bristol Balloon Festival, we eventually decided to take hot air balloons as our theme. Each class chose a favourite book and worked together to create a balloon based on it. Having 22 classes, there was quite a selection!
The effort and enthusiasm each class put into their balloon was amazing! The children love them and each one has caused a great deal of discussion about books as they are keen to identify the book and share what they know about it. Many have been borrowed from the library!
Books ranging from The Jolly Postman, Hairy Maclary and Owl Babies to Sky Song, Shackleton's Journey and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe all hang alongside each other. We didn't win the 'big prize', but the children were delighted to learn we had won a bronze prize, giving us £500 worth of books for the library.
Book Group couldn't resist getting involved as well and added Odd Dog and Nibbles to the collection. The project was great fun, got the whole school involved, parents and children talking about books and gave us a great display for the hall. A win all round!