This week was Roald Dahl Week, the first of many themed weeks that we have planned for the year. The week coincided with Roald Dahl's birthday on 13th September, and provided an excellent opportunity for children to demonstrate and develop a real love of reading and writing.
The week started with an exciting assembly led by all of the teaching staff. Each teacher read a short extract from one of their favourite Roald Dahl books and shared why their book was special to them. Following the assembly, the children discussed and shared their own thoughts about Roald Dahl and his very popular books. It was great to see that so many children had enjoyed reading the books or had watched the films based on his stories. To provide even more excitement this week, on Wednesday all of the staff dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl books. I can honestly say that teaching a class dressed as an Ooompa Loompa with a bright orange face and green hair was not easy (but enjoyable)!!
This week, we introduced the children to our main stimulus for this half term, a book called 'The Minpins' by Roald Dahl. Using a variety of clues, including images on the front cover of the book and vocabulary in the blurb, we discussed what we thought would happen in the story. As the week progressed, we explored some of the images in the story and created word banks about the main settings. We then used this work to create poems which described life in the forest.
In the afternoons, we enjoyed a variety of activities, including music and art. We participated in our first choir session led by the Chorister Outreach Program. These sessions will continue for 10 weeks with the aim of learning a variety of songs for a performance at St Albans Abbey. Our Year 3 and 4 children will be joined by other schools from the local area and we hope that it will be an exciting and memorable experience for all involved. (More information to follow.)