Celebrating the joy of reading at The Paragon

The Paragon was immersed in a celebration of reading this week, with visiting authors, illustrators and theatre practitioners bringing books alive for the school.

On Monday, we welcomed Tessa Yates, a local author who read 'Squirrel and the Three Bears' to Squirrels and Reception, then worked with Year 6 to create storyboards about using creativity to bring happiness into everyday life. Tessa's storylines about asking for help have messages that were relevant to children of all ages in the school.

Tuesday afternoon was a noisy one for Year 5! As part of our sponsorship of The Egg Theatre this year, a theatre practitioner came to work with the children, exploring themes in a text that they have been studying this term: 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman. The children worked in small groups to create scenes from the book, to discuss the main themes of the story and finally to make a moving puppet using their bodies.

Mark Robertson - an author and illustrator joined us on Thursday, the official World Book Day,  and had the whole school captivated with his assembly on Dragons. He held draw-along sessions with many classes during the day, and then finished with storytelling and a book sale in the Library.

And the grand finale was our whole school sponsored walk today where everyone looked fantastic in their book themed outfits! The sun was shining and at last Spring seemed to have arrived to help us on our way. Well done to all of the children who walked many laps of the school to raise money for a PTA gift for the new Library which will be refurbished this summer.