The Book Fair
We were thrilled to once again be visited by The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre for our termly Book fair. This time we had a change of venue and used Big School which worked very well and gave us even more room to display the books. We held the book sale for Prep School pupils and during class time and at break times, pupils were given the opportunity to browse and purchase books.
There were class talks for Years 5 and 6 on a selection of new and excellent fiction for this age group. There was particular interest in fiction from new writers that has been published recently and it was lovely to witness such enthusiasm from our children. The other pupils will be given a similar talk later in the year at our other book fairs.
It is always such a wonderful opportunity for the children to expand their knowledge of authors and literature and many of them purchased a book of a particular genre to help them complete their Reading Incentive.
The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre is a local book shop, based in Alby, with knowledgeable and enthusiastic members of staff, who are book experts. Their expertise and enthusiasm is invaluable in helping the children to select the right book for them, with guidance from their English teacher in making book suggestions and in providing reading tips.
Some parents from the Prep School came to browse and ask questions and many purchased books at collection time. It was a great success and we look forward to welcoming them back in the Spring Term.
Pupil quotes from Year 5:
Freya F – “I like the wide selection of authors displayed. I found the books that he talked about very interesting…”
Jack J – “The talk was very interesting and I love learning about books…”
The new French Library was launched successfully in September and it has already been a hit with our classes from Year 4 to Year 8. Around 50 books per week are taken out by our young bookworms across the year groups! Some pupils enjoy listening to the stories on the CDs which accompany many of the books, others prefer to read without them. Many pupils have seen the benefit of reading regularly as their vocabulary and spelling improve and as they see the language structures they have studied in class exemplified in natural and engaging contexts. The French Library is situated in our Head of French, Mr Stubbs’ classroom and all pupils are welcome to drop in at break or after lunch to choose their next adventure!