Book Week 2015

Here at St Matthew’s, we love our books and look forward every year to a special week packed with reading and book-related lessons and activities. This year our theme was "animals." 

Jane Hissey and "Little Bear"

A highlight of the week was the visit to our school of the acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Jane Hissey. Her sessions were truly inspiring as she read some of her stories and talked about what had inspired her to become an author. The children used her ideas and characters to create their own animal characters and stories – maybe there are some future authors already among us?

Jane Hissey was full of praise for our “vibrant” school and our wonderful, courteous and enthusiastic children.

Animal Character Hunt

As part of Animal Book Week, forty pictures of animal characters were hidden around the school. The children had a lot of fun trying to find all of them and the challenge was to name the books in which the characters feature and the stories' authors . Lunchtimes were very busy with children purposefully dashing around with clipboardsand pens! It was wonderful to see children from Reception to Year 6 encouraging and helping each other.

Cat’s Grin Theatre performance of Aesop’s fables

The children enjoyed a lively performance of several of Aesop’s fables. Several of the children were invited to be part of the acting - cool monkeys dancing in the forest ! The children learned that fables, although thousands of years old, have important morals that still have relevance today. Slow and steady wins the race!

Visits to Redhill Library

If you were in Redhill library when our classes visited , you would have been surprised to see (and hear!) a menagerie of hens and guinea pigs joining our children to enjoy stories featuring animals as the main characters. We would encourage all parents to take their children to your local library. It’s a great opportunity to borrow  and enjoy a wide range of high quality children’s books … and it’s free!