Year 12 and Salma joined Sue in the library for Afternoon Tea, as part of their prize for winning the World Book Day 2019 Classroom Display Competition. A lot of cake was eaten!
The theme of this year's Science competition was Climate Change. Entrants were asked to find out about it, and to suggest ways that we could do something to help prevent it. They also had to illustrate their work.
The overall winner was Safwan in Year 3, who won a set of 10 Dorling Kindersley Animal Sticker books.
The Runners-Up were: Arham (Year 4), Zarin (Year 5) and Rehanul (Year 6).
Well done to all of them for some really good research!
See their winning entries below!
On Friday 15 March 2019, inspirational children’s author and speaker Jamia Wilson will be visiting Blue Gate Fields Junior School to give a talk to Years 4, 5, and 6.
Jamia Wilson is the best-selling author of 'Young, Gifted and Black', and regularly speaks for audiences across the United States--and beyond. It is sure to be an exciting and empowering event for all our students!
Jamia’s latest book 'Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life' will be available to buy on the day for £13.50 (usual price £14.99), and Jamia will be signing copies.
As usual we celebrated World Book Day in great style, with a whole week of events: see the School blog for pictures!
Monday: Teacher Assembly, bringing books to life!
Wednesday: Book-themed craft activities
Thursday: a.m. The Grand Book Character Parade
p.m. Class 12 at the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service World Book Day event with Michael Rosen!
Friday: Pop-Up Bookshop in the library, brought to us by Brick Lane Book Shop
Blue Gate Fields' librarian Sue as Princess Sue from 'The Worst Princess' written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.
What a great week it's been so far:
A marvellous launch assembly on Monday, with Ann doing a star turn retelling the story of 'The Tiger Skin Rug', written and illustrated by Gerald Rose (Look out for it in the library).
A visit from The Museum of London, bringing to life tales from the East End.
A visit from our favourite storyteller, the brilliant Pat Ryan, who is a regular visitor, and a famous name at Blue Gate Fields!
Many of the stories that Pat told can be found in written form in the library. So, if you'd like to follow up on 'The King of the Birds', tales from Ancient Egypt and Rome, myths and legends about the sea, or the Tales of Nasruddin, come to the library!
A massive THANK YOU to everybody who came to the Book Fair. Visitors spent an amazing £1, 360, which meant it was really successful. We raised an incredible £756 to spend on new books for the library., so look out for some of your favourite titles appearing soon!
Kyra (Class 1) and Zayan (Class 7) were the winners of the book raffle.
A group of twelve children in Year 5 made up a judging panel as part of this national event. They met weekly to read and discuss a shortlist of six science titles. The aim was to find the best science book published for young people. The list had been chosen by a panel of five adult experts. There are over 1,000 participants in this annual event, from all over the United Kingdom. The award is voted on, and decided by the young people taking part. The result was announced live from Belfast, and our group watched by video link, in the library. We heard the chair of judges, Professor Mahli (Fellow of the Royal Society), praising the video which we made about the books. It was so exciting, and funny, to see some of what we had filmed being broadcast from the event. The national winner of the prize was 'Optical Illusions' by Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber.
We also presented the books and our video at a whole school assembly. We worked really hard on this project, and it was very enjoyable. Please watch our video to find out which book we liked best...although it was a very close vote!
The Year 6 Tower Hamlets Book Award Group attended the finale, which was hosted by the Canary Wharf Group at the East Winter Garden. This annual event is organised by the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service, and is a highlight of our school year. The group gave a marvellous performance of their take on Sally and Sylvain Chomet's 'Caleb's Cab', one of the shortlisted titles. We had everything: a cab (naturally), parallel universes, a collapsing cash machine, moustaches, and ... a pantomime horse! The judges, particularly the author Andrew Donkin, were truly impressed by our acting and props, (especially THAT horse).
'Mega Robo Rumble', a graphic novel, won the children's vote, in this borough-wide poll. The author of that series, Neill Cameron, was in attendance, and was obviously very pleased with the result. The book is set in East London, and features an alien invasion! All of the books on the shortlist are available in the library.
The THBA Group reprised their performance at an amazing whole school assembly. Watch the video!