Event - Book Week

November 2013

Pupils at Our Lady of Fatima School enjoyed a fabulous week of events to raise the profile of reading during their annual Book Week.

Pupils shared a variety of reading activities which linked to the Creative Curriculum theme of 'Celebrations'.

The Library of Birmingham

Years 5 and 6 visited the New Library of Birmingham. They were fascinated by the nine floors all offering a wealth of books, audio and visual media, local maps and historical facts and records.

The 'Secret Garden' terrace on the 7th floor had a real secluded feel about it, with quiet places to sit high above the bustle of the city streets below.

The Shakespeare Memorial Room was a real hit, particularly as the children could see and appreciate the original works of William Shakespeare.

Enjoying books in the reading pods in the Children's Library.
Bright colours, beanbags and cushions help to engage the children when reading.

Discovering our local area on a variety of maps.
DVDs can be hired and played in one of the booths.

Shakespeare Memorial Room showing original Elizabethan carvings.
Life- like plaster head casts of Shakespeare outside the Shakespeare Memorial Room.


We welcomed Tim, from Rhythmicity, a performance ensemble that draws from the vibrant and dynamic rhythms of West Africa.

All children were involved in musical percussion workshops throughout the day which encouraged co-operation, team work and self-expression. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for both staff and pupils.

The organisation and the provision of instruments worked very well so that everyone was included.

At the end of the school day, we enjoyed a 'sharing' of the day where all 210 pupils played a percussion instrument together and …in time with the beat!


Enjoying reading a good book

We hosted a Book Fair during the week so that all pupils were given the opportunity to browse and buy a book.

We raised a phenomenal amount enabling us to receive over £700 of free books for classes and the school library.

Well done and a big thank you to everyone, especially the mums who sold the books each evening

Year 1 boys enjoyed sharing books at the Book Fair.
Teachers and pupils alike enjoyed reading a variety of books.

Paired Reading

Each day different classes were paired up to share books and read to each other. The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share a variety of books and authors with each other.

They also took part in Reading Challenges completing different reading activities each day.


And finally...

We enjoyed a non-uniform day where pupils and staff dressed up in costumes to celebrate the end of Book Week. It was serious business for the staff…more so than for the children!

Our raffle prizes were drawn and pupils were awarded certificates for the most improved reading skills.