Book Week October 2020
'Once upon a time in Barleyhurst'
This year our annual Book Week sadly wasn’t the usual, interactive week that we have all enjoyed over the years as the children needed to stay in their bubbles. Instead, this year the activities were more class based but still allowed the children to explore and share stories together.
Our theme was 'Once upon a time in Barleyhurst' and we obviously explored fairy tales! Staff planned a wonderful week of reading, planning, exploring, writing and enjoying texts! Some classes focused on one particular fairy tale and others delved into lots of different stories to explore.
Although there were no whole school activities this year we still wanted to offer the opportunity for the children to finish the week with our usual fancy dress Friday! As the theme was fairy tales, we saw lots of princesses, princes, woodcutters and ugly sisters around school and as a special treat, to replace our usual tea party on the Friday, we watched a fairy tale based film on the Friday afternoon in class.
This specialist week is focused on Geography. Our aim is to teach Geography in a creative and fun way, with fieldwork being a key element to the week. Lessons will include a variety of different activities from all areas of the curriculum. Each class will focus on a continent and base a large amount of their lessons around countries within that particular continent.
We will also be taking part in food tasting from different parts of the world. Our talented bilingual teachers and teaching assistants will be sharing stories, songs, language and maths games with different classes. Small trips into the local environment will occur throughout the week. Forest schools will take place across Foundation, Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two. Overall, we plan to have a very busy week!
The aims of the week were to develop pupils’ awareness of colour and to use colour as a stimulus for various creative activities. Foundation and Key Stage 1 children welcomed the artist Joy Pirkle to their classes to lead collage work based on Matisse’s The Snail. Key Stage 2 children worked with Heidi Street-Ward, a felt maker, to create a stunning chameleon design. The most exciting activity for many was the colour run, which brought the Barleyhurst community together in a vibrant and joyful celebration.