Book Week activities

Hutchesons' primary pupils were treated to visits from some truly amazing authors during Book Week.

Several exciting activities were also arranged, all with the aim of encouraging reading for pleasure. The fun kicked off on Monday with two P7 workshops from comic artist Adam Murphy.

His Corpse Talk books makes history accessible to young people and his work is published nationally in The Phoenix Comic and many pupils were already fans before he came.

On Tuesday, writer and storyteller Lari Don visited Primary 5 and Primary 6 to talk about her new book series, Spellchasers


Her stories kept pupils entranced and there was even a gasp at the back when a character died!  She expertly coaxed imaginative ideas out of pupils, helping them weave their own story together.

On Wednesday, Primary 1 and Primary 2 were treated to a storytelling and drawing session with the acclaimed author and illustrator, Ross Collins, who last year won the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour for his picture book, There's a Bear on my Chair! The children were rolling in the aisles with laughter at his antics before settling down to a draw-along.

Thursday was World Book Day, and everyone put on their best Roald Dahl-themed costumes for the event.  The overall impression was spectacular, with some of the more famous characters like Willy Wonka mingling with Miss Honey from Matilda and George's grandma from George's Marvellous Medicine


There were also several Giant Peaches and Golden Tickets!  A lunchtime quiz proved popular, with so many successful entrants that they put a strain on the prize fund!

Throughout the week, the Colouring Club worked on BFG Dream Jar drawings and listened to stories, whilst younger pupils made their own Dream Jars out of recycled containers. 

ICT classes made PowerPoint presentations about their favourite Roald Dahl books and Paired Reading was also a massive hit.  Older pupils really enjoyed meeting and reading with younger friends.

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