One of our competitions for World Book Day was for each class to design and mount a display outside their classrooms. Everybody worked very hard together, and it was so difficult to judge, and choose just one winner. Sue and 3 members of the School Council had a very difficult task. However we did all really like one display best of all, which was the one by Class 5, featuring Roald Dahl's Matilda, and the terrifying Miss Trunchbull! What made Class 5's display extra special was that it continued into their Book Corner inside the classroom.
The prize was to come to the library for afternoon tea, which they did on the 10th March. It was very special, with delicious cakes, "tea" (orange squash really!), tablecloths, napkins, and our very own school cake stands and teacups, made in pottery classes. Everybody enjoyed chatting and relaxing in the Library Tea Room, and then Sue read part of the 'A Mad Tea Party' chapter from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.
On Thursday 2nd March a group of very lucky Year 5 and 6 girls went on a trip to York Hall to see the best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson.
The event was organised by the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service to celebrate World Book Day. Dame Jacqueline spoke about how she'd become a writer, sharing some of her school experiences with us. She also explained how she chose the name for one of her best known characters. One day, whilst having a bath, she was looking around for inspiration. She'd already decided on the name Tracy, but couldn't think of a surname. Suddenly she spotted a beaker, and the problem was solved: Tracy Beaker (which also became a TV series). Well, it couldn't be Tracy Toilet, could it!
Everybody was given a 'Goody Bag' filled with free treats, and two of our group were luckier still, as they got to meet Jacqueline, when they had their books signed by her. As there were 1,000 children at the event, it wasn't possible for everyone to do this, so it was a real treat.
You can watch the event on the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service website.
On Friday 10th February we had a really exciting event for Years 3 and 4. Jim Smith, best-selling author of the Barry Loser series, as well as the Future Ratboy books visited us. Jim told us about his new book Barry Loser and the Birthday Billions, the eighth book in the series.
Jim Smith’s books are really funny and we were delighted to welcome him. He talked to the children to provide inspiration for their own writing and to share the joy of reading. They also got a chance to do some drawing with him! Everyone learned how to create some funny characters by drawing along with Jim.
Brick Lane Bookshop provided a bookstall for us, so afterwards many children bought one of Jim's books book and had it signed by him. Jim also drew cartoons of them in their books. How special!