Thameside Junior School’s pupils and parents celebrate new library

PUPILS and parents from Thameside Junior School got a little help from Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships to help celebrate the opening of the school’s new lending library, with a day of poetry-themed activities.

The school’s very own lending library is a new venture which is open after school for children and parents to use. This is one of several initiatives the school has introduced in the last few months to promote a greater love of reading. In January the school moved to a book focused curriculum and invested money in making sure the school was well stocked with lots of well-known and popular stories. The staff at Thameside Junior have already started to notice a change in the children who are now much more eager to talk about the stories they have read.

To celebrate this fantastic new facility, creative practitioners, performer Beverley Beer and poets, Justin Coe and Vicky Wilson visited the school to help launch the library and encourage a love of reading and books in both children and parents alike. Justin began the day’s activities with a poetry-themed assembly for the whole school and then ran poetry workshops with Year 6 pupils. After school, Vicky ran workshops for parents and their children exploring creating animal character poems and Beverly performed a selection of poems.

Executive Head Mark Jones speaking about the evening said; ‘Thanks to Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships, the magic of Roald Dahl came to Thameside Junior School, as Beverley Beer brought to life some well-known favourites, including those by the well-known children’s author’.

As part of the World Book Day free book giveaway, Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships had received a number of copies of Carol Ann Duffy’s anthology of poems, ‘The World’s Wife’ and these were given out to parents who attended the launch.

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