Ready to Read?
We know how important it is for our children to read, but knowing that and actually getting them to do so in a world where we are constantly bombarded by technological alternatives can prove very difficult indeed!
With that aim in mind, last week, the teachers and students of, Sierra Bernia School in Alfaz celebrated their traditional “Book Week” packed full of exciting and fun filled activities to encourage the young – and not so young, children to read, read, read!
The jam packed week started with a day full of activities based around the world famous Dr Seuss books involving rhymes and story-telling. The children also took part in a “Buddy Read” lesson in which the older children read to the little ones, proving it doesn’t have to be the adult who reads the nightly bedtime story!
The next day, the teachers took the lead in inviting the children to different workshops and activities based around their own favourite book. Apart from listening to a different teacher read a story to them, the children also took part in many different book related activities such as making a waterproof origami boat to float down Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, or decorating a character from “The Laughing Dragon”.
After that, it was the Detective Day activity where the teachers prepared a scavenger hunt around the whole school following clues written on the back of well- hidden books around the school grounds – team work, a love of books and skill in working out clues proved to be the winning combination for the quickest team!
Possibly everyone’s favourite activity was the “Torches and Tents” day. As we can probably remember from when we were young, what could be better than reading under the bedclothes by torchlight? All students and staff came dressed in their pyjamas and dressing gowns with their favourite books under their arms, ready to relax in the 9 or 10 tents set up in the hall and read only by the light of their torches. The children loved it and soon became lost in their books, the only sound being the whisper of the turning pages… it’s not clear what was more impressive – the silence, or the fact they were so engrossed by reading!
On the last day, with everyone dressed up as their favourite fictional character, and all the teachers showing a united “Mr Men and Little Miss” front, the activities started off in the school hall for the Poetry Recital Final. Three finalists from each class ranging from Nursery up to Year 6 were invited to recite their chosen poem in front of the whole school and parents. The children overcame their nerves impressively with the well-deserved winners using actions, differences in intonation and pauses for dramatic effect to give truly impressive performances.
To commemorate this special week, and proving the fact that books can be read just about anywhere, the children also took part in a photo competition of the strangest – and best – place to read; with some surprising results! All of these photos will be displayed in the entrance to remind us that there literally is no excuse for picking up and reading a book!
Sierra Bernia School
British School of Benidorm