Book Week is almost here!

Dear Parents,

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BREDA BOOK WEEK 2016

We are very excited to announce that this year’s ISB Book Week will take part from Monday 17th  to Friday 21st October 2016. This year we have decided to adopt the theme that is currently running in most Dutch School’s for their Kinderboekenweek 2016. The theme is Opa en Oma (“Grandfather and Grandmother”) with the central motto being Voor altijd jong (“Forever Young”).

We appreciate that not all grandparents live nearby and that sadly, some are no longer with us. Our team will be very sensitive to this. Throughout this week the children can focus on a special relationship they have with their grandparents or with another adult. If you know your child is particularly sensitive about this subject, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

We have planned a range of really exciting activities to boost the children’s passion for books. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about how we would like you to be involved with these activities. The timetable of activities for the week will be as follows:

Monday 17th October: Bedtime Story Morning

To launch our Book Week, we kindly ask that all children come to school dressed in their pyjamas.  During the morning, the children will be treated to milk, a cookie and a story. Naturally the children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and be able to participate fully in the school day e.g. morning sports, outdoor playtime. Therefore the children can bring in a dressing gown or sleep clothes that can be worn over their normal clothes.

Tuesday 18th: Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 October

Throughout these days, class teachers will carry out a variety of in-class activities. For Years 2 – 6, one of the activities will involve the children writing a performance poem about their grandparents. This will be performed to their class and the best performance poet from each class will take part in the final of the Poetry Reading Competition in Friday’s assembly. The Year 2 – 6 assembly will begin at 2.15pm. In Nursery, Reception and Year 1, the children will learn a grandparent-inspired song to perform in their Friday assembly which will begin at 2pm.

In addition to this, grandparents are invited to come into school to read their favourite children’s story book to their grandchild’s class. If a grandparent is interested in taking part, please have a chat with your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. We actively encourage grandparents to read a book in their native language.

Thursday 20 October: ‘How do you read with your grandparents?’ Competition Deadline

For this year’s Book Week competition, children will need to hand a photograph to their class teacher of them enjoying a book with their grandparents (or special adult as mentioned at the beginning of the letter). Pictures will be judged per year group, meaning there is a chance for one child from each year group to win a prize! Photos will be judged on their creativity. The more creative entries,  for example enjoying a book with your grandparent whilst skydiving (!), will stand a greater a chance of winning. Children need to hand all photos to their class teacher by 09:00 on Thursday 20 October. The winning entries will be announced on Friday 21 October in our Book Week assemblies.

Friday 21st October: Grandparent dress-up day; Parade; “Readathon”; Poetry Reading Competition Final; Competition winners announced

To end our Book Week, we kindly ask that all children come to school dressed as an Opa or Oma  (Grandpa/Grandma). During the morning, the children will parade their costumes to the rest of the school. During the day, the children will be read a story by each class teacher, as part of a ‘Readathon’.

Parents and grandparents are invited to an assembly in the afternoon (2 pm for Reception, Nursery and Year 1 and 2.15pm for Years 2 – 6).  The assemblies will showcase the activities completed in class. The Poetry Reading Competition Final will take place during the assembly and the photo competition winners will be announced.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Primary team.

Kind regards,

Mr Matthew Scragg
Leader of Literacy

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