Over 100 countries took part in ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday 2nd March, but Duncombe went one better and we held our first ‘World Book Week’ and what a success it was!

Our Head of English, Miss Micele devised a whole week’s worth of activities that every year group have been able to enjoy and get involved in.

The week started with the launch of 3 competitions that ran across the week, which included a ‘Where’s Wally’ hunt and our ‘Book Swap’ opened in Old Hall. All the children had the opportunity to bring in an old book and swap for a new one in the ‘Swap Shop’. What a great recycling idea!

Our older Year 5&6 children buddied up with Year 1&2 and listened to them reading or read to them. We also showed off our reading skills at the Leaf Café in Hertford, where three Year 5 children held a story time for toddlers. Our audience was very impressed with their confidence and presentations abilities.

Mid-week we welcomed author Alice Hemming to Duncombe, where she read her story ‘Bibble and the Bubbles’. The children thoroughly enjoyed her visit and then finding out where the story idea came from. Our Nursery children were so captivated by the story, following on from this they had a workshop discussing and drawing what they would make from bubbles and Year 2 took part in a ‘Bibble and the Bubbles’ poem activity.

Our teachers made sure that the enjoyment of  our ‘World Book Week’ continued in lessons where possible. Our Treetops children read the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt!’ and then ventured to The Dell (our Forest School area) to see if they could find the bear. Our PE lessons were all about running from clue to clue, trying to match the blurb or quote to the story name.

Towards the end of the week we saw reading and acting and the ‘BIG Write’ where the children wrote a description of their favourite book and character to win a prize. Mrs Pritt from Leaf Café was our assembly guest speaker, talking about all different kinds of books, a ‘Book Quiz’ for our Year 5&6 was held with Elaine Penrose, followed by a fairy tale sock puppet competition. The list just goes on and on!

And what a way to end such a fabulous week, with everyone at Duncombe (including the staff) coming to school dressed as their favourite character.

It’s was a fantastic week and everyone thoroughly enjoyed all the activities.

Well done everyone, but a special thank you to Miss Micele. The big question is Miss Micele, what are we doing next year?

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