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'Guess the Teacher' for World Book Day

Published on: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Here at King’s Hall it is not just the pupils who love to read; there are a great many bookworms amongst the staff too. Therefore, as part of our school-wide World Book Day celebrations, the entire Prep community had enormous fun trying to match the childhood photo and favourite childhood book to the correct member of staff. In all, there were 26 plucky participants whose photos the children needed to identify, and this cryptic quiz certainly got us all thinking – and laughing!

With pupils working together in tutor groups, the highest scoring tutor group will be awarded the grand prize of a tub of treats. Which tutor group will reign supreme?! If you would like to have a go at home, perhaps you can guess who these adorable little bookworms might be…

Spoons Galore!

Published on: Friday, February 28, 2020

With World Book Day just around the corner, the whole King’s Hall community is abuzz with bookish creations as everyone recreates a favourite book character in wooden spoon form. There has been an abundance of imagination and creativity so far and the school is beginning to fill up with pupils’ (and staff’s!) wooden spoon creations. Just to give you a taste of what to expect, here is a small selection of some of the entries so far…

The final deadline for spoons is Monday and we hope that you will enjoy browsing the resulting display of entries in the Pemberton Room from World Book Day itself (Thursday 5th March). We are excited to have a Top Secret VIP judge who will be coming to award some prizes soon afterwards. We also have plans for a very special World Book Day quiz on Thursday, which will see our tutor groups battle against one another. Details are under wraps for now, but suffice it to say that there promises to be plenty of laughter – largely at the expense of our brilliant, book-loving staff!

King’s Hall Wooden Spoon Challenge for World Book Day

Published on: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

At King’s Hall we are passionate about reading. It goes without saying, therefore, that World Book Day, the worldwide annual celebration of stories, is always a major event here at school.

Reading for pleasure is fundamentally all about opening doors to our imagination and so we love to celebrate this by introducing a cross-curricular creative element to our festivities. In 2018 we transformed the humble spud into a spectacular array of book characters, while in 2019 we designed colourful mood boards to represent our favourite books. This year, the entire school, from Nursery to Year 8, will be creating book characters using wooden spoons!

Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been hard at work putting their designs together and giving careful thought to how they will represent their character in spoon form. Pupils have chosen a tremendously wide range of literary characters – from Mr Tumnus to Frankenstein, Pippi Longstocking to Hiccup the Viking, and Paddington Bear to Professor Dumbledore! The deadline for entries is 28th February and we can’t wait to see the completed spoons in all their glory, ready for World Book Day itself on Thursday 5 March.

Happy half term reading (and wooden spoon making!) to all!

Children's Mental Health Week

Published on: Friday, February 7, 2020

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and in our library we have a dedicated well-being collection offering a range of books which help children to understand and manage their emotions.

Within our fiction collections we also hold a wide range of fantastic stories for different ages and reading abilities that explore issues around mental health in gentle, age-appropriate ways. This develops their understanding, boosts empathy and encourages a dialogue around issues of mental health.

Here are some of Mrs M’s favourites:

​Year 3 Book Club and Year 8 Book Breakfast

Published on: Friday, January 24, 2020

On Monday afternoon, the library hosted our Year 3 parent and child Book Club, where we chatted about Abi Elphinstone’s captivating picture book story, The Snow Dragon. Children and adults alike had been swept away by Abi’s beautiful writing and Fiona Woodcock’s fabulous snowy illustrations. We were all very glad that there was a happy ending for orphan Phoebe and her little dog Herb!

Then, on Friday morning, our Year 8 Book Breakfast gathering took place in the library. Fuelled by a delicious spread of Danish pastries and fruit juice, pupils shared their thoughts about the two books that they had read over the Christmas holidays: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg.

There was mixed feedback about The Dark is Rising, with several readers enjoying the excitement of Will’s adventure as he struggles to comprehend his newfound powers and travels through time, however others found the plot a little confusing. Then followed a lively and interesting discussion about Greta Thunberg’s book of speeches raising awareness of the climate crisis.

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