05 March 2021

Cyp Upper: ‘Virtual’ Book Week Fun!

Cypress Upper ‘Virtual’ Book Week has been a very exciting week!

On Monday, we started the week with a super assembly and workshops for Year 3 from Joshua Seigal.  He was very entertaining and Year 3 produced some wonderful writing based on his teaching.  He shared a ‘Thank You’ poem about his cat Bluebell and invited us to have a go at writing our own poems to our pets.  Miss Binks was so inspired that she wrote her own poem to her cat Pickle.

Tuesday began with a wonderful story telling assembly from Alim Kamara who was talking to us all the way from Sierra Leone.  He was full of energy and told us a very entertaining story called “Stone soup” which had an important message about honesty and kindness.  Our Year 4 classes were then lucky enough to have their own virtual writing workshops with Alim which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On Wednesday, we were joined by Margaret Bateson-Hill for assembly who had a new song and story to share with us.   Year 5 then had some brilliant writing workshops with her and produced some amazing writing.  It was so lovely to have Margaret with us again.  She is a big part of our Cypress community.

For World Book Day Assembly on Thursday, Miss Binks arrived dressed as a detective and shared with us how her love of reading had developed as a child.  She read us her favourite book from when she was little “What A Mess!” and shared her poem to her cat Pickle based on Joshua Seigal’s workshop.  It was wonderful to see so many children and adults dressed up for our Virtual World Book Day.  We also had some wonderful potato book characters shared on our class blogs.  What wonderful creativity!

Today, we ended our Book Week with a visit from the author Judith Eagle who shared her writing process with us.  Year 6 have been really enjoying reading “The Pear Affair” and were very excited to meet the author.  Year 6 also completed a villain workshop and have designed their own villains ready to include in their own mystery writing next week.

Reminder: Mystery Story competition – final deadline to hand in to your class teacher is Friday 12th March. If you have already written your story you might want to think about how you want to present it, add any illustrations or even edit it to make it even better! Please make sure your name and class are clearly written on your entry. 3 stories per class will be sent to our judges, who will decide a winner. We hope to announce the winners from each class before the end of term and award the £10 book vouchers. Good Luck, Mystery Writers!

World Book Day vouchers will be coming home on Monday. They are valid to exchange for a WBD book or £1 off a full price book until 28th March. Please look at this website to find out how and where they can be used: https://www.booksellers.org.uk/wbd

It truly has been a wonderful Book Week.  The children have produced some amazing work.  Many thanks to Cypress PTFA for funding our author visits and to Mrs Parker for all her hard work and organisation.

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