Bookshelf Special Days

Duncan Beedie's Mendip Moon Mission!

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Today, the wonderful Duncan Beedie visited school to judge the ‘Reading Rocks’ competition which we held as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Everyone was very excited!

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We had some wonderful entries to our competition. Having an illustrator as a judge really inspired the children and they could not wait to find out who had been chosen for each year group. Everyone who chose to enter received a certificate and the one Duncan chose from each year group would be able to choose one of his books which he would sign for them.

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Duncan led two assemblies- one for EYFS and KS1 and one for KS2. Announcing the winners, he praised all the entries and said how impressed he was by their quality. He explained why he had made his choices and the children were delighted!

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After play, Duncan spoke to our KS1 and EYFS children, delighting them by appearing in his spacesuit! They were very excited and love the story about Molly and her moon mission. Duncan showed them how to draw her and the results were amazing! Such concentration!

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An author/illustrator visit has such an impact on children- it’s an absolute joy to see! Whether it encourages them to borrow a book from the library, draw some pictures, read a story or talk to their friends and family about what they have seen, it is such a worthwhile experience.

Thank you so much to Duncan for agreeing to come and join us and to Alistair from Books on the Hill for coming and selling books. What a wonderful way to continue our WBD celebrations! More to come on Monday with Sam Gayton!

You can read our review of Molly’s Moon Mission here.

You can read our review of The Last Chip here.

World Book Day 2019!

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What a fabulous day! Sharing stories has been at the heart of everything that we have done- with our children, their parents and each other.

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We started our day with lots of story shares. Parents were invited to come with their children to share stories before school. So many came and had a lovely time.

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Children came in so many wonderful, creative and imaginative costumes. We had an Oxford English Dictionary, Bad Nanas, Harry Potters, Pom Poms, George (Almost Anything), The Enormous Crocodile, Claudes… The staff were equally amazing, dressed as a fantastic range of book characters. The Y1 staff took ‘Traction Man’ as their theme; in Y6, Poirot made an appearance alongside Thing 1 and Thing 2…. and a new, little-known character from the latest Dave Pigeon book!

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Lots more story sharing took place during assembly and at lunchtime. The afternoon was full of wonderfully book-ish activity. We painted favourite book characters, created comic strips and were inspired by Rob Biddulph’s wonderful bookmarks. Children decorated Rob’s ideas or used them to create their own ideas. These were then laminated and put to good use.

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The day ended with more story shares with even more parents coming to listen to stories with their children. It was a really lovely day - and there’s more to come tomorrow as Duncan Beedie is coming to judge our Reading Rocks competition and speak to our KS 1 and EYFS children. Wonderful fun!

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Harry Potter Night 2019

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Witches, wizards and muggles gathered at Hoggdip Greenwarts last night to celebrate Harry Potter Night- and a great time was had by all!

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Invitations had been sent by Owl Post and the lucky students accepted were called to the library for sorting the day before. there were great cheers as each new student picked a token from the sorting hat to show which House they would be part of.

Excitement grew during Thursday as those soon to attend Hoggdip Greenwarts caught glimpses of preparations for the evening ahead. “You’ve really worked hard on this,” one of my class said to me when he spotted the items for the scavenger hunt piled up in the corner.

Having been home to don their robes, everyone gathered in the entrance where their house master or mistress led them to the Great Hall and their House table. The evening started with a reading from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when Harry enters the Hogwart’s Great Hall for the first time.

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Each team then had to complete a series of four challenges, gathering House Points along the way. Points could be deducted for mis-conduct or devious dealings, but (apart from our Professor Snape!) there was little of that!

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Hufflepuff found the most socks to free Dobby and so won that round. Twenty socks of each house colour were hidden around the library in the most cunning places- some of the teachers became extremely competitive! We will be finding the remaining 6 in the weeks to come!

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The Scavenger Hunt was a draw with three of the four houses finding all the items in six minutes. Slytherin were not happy with their performance! Apparently, the Philosopher’s Stone was hard to find.

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A visit to Honeydukes was essential for stocking up on sweet treats and The Three Broomsticks did a roaring trade in Butterbeer. All money had to be changed at Gringotts before shopping, but our Goblin banker was very friendly and helpful!

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One of our parents at school is a massive Harry Potter fan and we were really delighted when she offered to bring some of her collection of books for us to enjoy looking at. The children were fascinated to see their favourite books in Japanese, German, Spanish- and even in Braille. A huge thank you to her for coming along and sharing with us! I think we are all a little jealous!

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Between all the rushing around, there were word searches, colouring and craft activities to complete.

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The evening ended with the School Quiz and things got very heated as the points jars started to fill. Having some massive HP fans in the room, teams were scoring lots of points and tension was mounting. On the last question, Hufflepuff won by just 10 points- 360- ahead of Gryffindor on 350.

It was a really lovely evening and once again, I am so thankful that I work with such a wonderful team who want to inspire our children and develop their love of books. Many thanks to them for giving up their valuable time to support this event and for all the enthusiasm they bring.