Off-Curriculum World Book Days – 7th and 8th March

Everyone at OGS has been enjoying celebrating World Book Day.

On Friday, LKG children and staff dressed up in their favourite book characters. The rest of the school were treated to a fancy dress parade during assembly, so that we could admire their lovely costumes. The children all loved dressing up and sharing their favourite stories with the class. In KG, the children worked on writing their own versions of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Y1 had a fun time doing lots of activities based on “Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson. They undertook a variety of maths and English activities along with a trip to the woods to make their own stickmen, and some children made stick men out of crepe paper too!

Years 2-6 experienced lots of fun activities based on the theme of “A World of Stories”. With Mr McInnerney, the children read the book “Gulliver’s Travels” and then wrote letters home from Lilliput. They learnt about sailing ships through the ages and spent time preparing clay and making ceramic models and pots, which were then fired in the woods. With Mrs Pumphrey, the group enjoyed “The Pirate Cruncher”, and made a huge sea monster and treasure maps. They were all given pirate names and learnt lots of pirate sayings too! While reading “Around the World in Eighty Days” with Mr Burke, children made beautiful hot air balloons for a display and thought about how you could travel to various places in the world without actually flying in an aeroplane.

Y4, 5 and 6 rotated between different teachers over two days and experienced a taste of many stories and tried their hands at different activities. With Mrs Leyshon, after listening to a Mexican Folk Tale, the children used iMovie to make a slideshow of Mexican flora and fauna. They also read part of “The Borrowers” and used Decision Alley to try and persuade Arietty to go or not to go borrowing. With Miss Dance, they looked at a poem called “The Magic Box” by Kit Wright, then completed some Maths work, creating squares using protractors for 90 degree angles and making a cube from a net. They also wrote their own versions of the poem focusing on their favourite things before completing some Art work, drawing elements of their new poem on to their own ‘magic’ boxes. With Mrs O’Sullivan, children looked at “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. They discussed the main characters of the book – Captain Nemo, Professor Aronnax and Ned Land and the Nautilus. The children created their own under water creations using whatever medium they liked and we saw some stunning pieces of 2D and 3D artwork produced. With Miss Plant, the children focused on drama and role play. They read the beginning of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and explored the battle between Norway and Scotland. The children created 5 freeze-frames, exploring with levels and movement and re-enacted the battle. The children then explored the characterisation of Macbeth, Banquo and the three witches. As groups, they then acted out a part of Act 1 Scene 1, with some groups challenging themselves and adding soundscapes!

All in all, we had a very successful two days and the children have loved trying out different activities and having a flavour of the World of Stories we have explored.

Mrs Leyshon