West End performers inspire love of books

S11212H13 West End in Schools actors  Ellis Kerkhoven and Carys Gray with Upper Beeding Primary School pupils (left to right) Bella Barnard, five, Ben Northeast, five, Tom Dunstan, four, and  India Cleaves, five

S11212H13 West End in Schools actors Ellis Kerkhoven and Carys Gray with Upper Beeding Primary School pupils (left to right) Bella Barnard, five, Ben Northeast, five, Tom Dunstan, four, and India Cleaves, five

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A PERFORMANCE from top West End actors was one of the highlights of Book Week at Upper Beeding Primary School.

Pupils enjoyed a range of activities last week, giving a special focus on books for the whole week.

West End in Schools peformed a play based on some popular children’s fiction last Monday.

Ellis Kerkhoven and Carys Gray used a range of props to show children how interesting books are.

Literacy co-ordinators Debbie Gilpin and Tracey Newbold said the school had planned a wide variety of exciting activities throughout the week, to promote and encourage reading and writing.

A well-known author spent time with the children, inspiring them with her own experiences and work.

Sally Grindling gave the children encouragement to become writers themselves on Thursday.

“She is a well-known author and speaker with lots of experience talking to children both in the UK and abroad,” said Mrs Gilpin and Mrs Newbold.

However, performance poetry workshops, run by Brian Moses had to be rearranged due to the snow.

Other activities included a slumber party, where children were asked to go to school wearing pyjamas and dressing gowns, and take along their favourite bedtime stories, teddies and blankets.

Pupils were involved as a school in writing their own story, the children had the chance to visit the member of staff of their choice to hear a favourite book, and the “caught reading” competition encouraged children to take in photographs of themselves reading in unusual places, with a prize for the most interesting.

“Book Week was a fun-filled and productive week for the children,” added Mrs Gilpin and Mrs Newbold.