International Book Week at Queen's College
Last week we celebrated International Book Week by encouraging the children to bring into school their favourite books. We wrote book reviews, some children made PowerPoint presentations of their favourite books or authors and swapped classes for story times. As we have a class "Buddy" programme where older primary pupils are teamed up with younger ones, we had lots of fun reading with our "buddies". Following our theme of Roald Dahl we held a competition where children had to draw their favourite characters - winners from each class were awarded house points as well as a small prize for their wonderful drawings.
Reading plays such an important role in learning; it spans every subject. Children who are avid readers find spelling work much easier and are able to draw upon a wealth of rich vocabulary in their writing. Reading is taken very seriously and all children are encouraged to read every day. Sharing favourite books, recommending great stories and praising good reading habits helps children to enter the exciting world of books.
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We're not suggesting you follow Dahl's suggestions literally but, time spent reading a good book is never time wasted.