Backwell Book Day shenanigans

With Activities week over, Y11 and Y13 out of school, so we could relax a little and focus on being creative with literature for a day. The English Department and Library Ladies encouraged all teachers to add a literary flair to their lessons for the day, devised some booky competitions, a Book Swap and invited some inspiring performers in to work with us. 

Steven Camden has been on our radar for a while and we were thrilled that he had the day free to visit us to work with Y9, Y10 and even Y12. We have never seen a speaker engage a whole year group in the way that Steven could with his style of poetry, story creation and story telling. Y9 were a group of 300 and he held them in the palm of his hand, encouraging them to share what they had devised with much aplomb and hilarity. (Can you remember YOUR most embarrassing moment – and are you prepared to share it?!) Every group left reminiscing (staff as well as students!) and fired up for their next English lesson. Teachers say they came in raring to share their new ideas and some had been asked to buy one of Steven’s books because their students demanded to read them!

We also invited Y9 & 10 keen writers, to a working lunch where Steven had them creating their own most contrived rhymes and then building them into a story. 

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We were keen to invite local theatricals, Living Spit to entertain Y7 and Y8 with their witty mix of drama, storytelling, rhyme and song. One Man and his Cow had everyone giggling at the gurning, and humming the songs for the remainder of the day!

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A huge thank you goes out to our performers for tweaking their acts to fit in with our timetable, so that every student in school could watch a show. 

Congratulations to our competition winners, Emily, Y8 for guessing all 20 book titles on the Book Trail, and Frankie, Y12 for being one of the many to guess the Book in a Jar was Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix!

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Carnegie preparations in hand

This term is busy here in Library-Land as revision for GCSE and A Levels get serious. In fact we have many students getting their heads down to work from 8am – 4.30pm every day. We almost feel bad for turning them out at 4.30!

Anyway, our workload has calmed down and so while we watch over and support Y11 & Y13s we busy ourselves with preparations for Carnegie Celebrations yet to come. Our Shadowing Group are meeting weekly and reading constantly –  some have already read 6 books – and we are having trouble keeping up with them! Our day of celebration with Churchill Academy students will be early this year to make way for Enrichment Week and French exchanges, on 5th of June. We have already booked local author, Mimi Thebo (who was nominated with Coyote Summer) to speak about her writing and what she thinks of book awards. We have placed the buffet lunch order. So now we must plan our activities: icebreakers, quizzes and competitions to warm everyone up before the big debate in the afternoon.

Trinkets and prizes are always treasured, and this year we have gone all-out to give them a Carnegie flavour (quite literally). We hold our hands up to admit they are not original ideas, having found them on Twitter (God bless Twitter!) The biggest thanks go to @playbythebook, @librarymice and a certain German supermarket for the idea, template and chox for the minibook shortlisted titles. The empty key-rings were found online (probably from China, so allow plenty of postage time!) Also thanks to our 6th form assistants for showing the Library Ladiez who to resize photos and a lot of cutting and sticking!

Happy to share – find the pdfs to print below:

Book Covers for Carnegie Key-Rings

Shortlist chox 2018

 

Competitions for the Book Fair (coming soon!)

Book Fair banner

We are busy preparing for World Book Day (1st March) and as usual the Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library for the whole week. Y7-9 students will all visit during an English Lesson and will receive their WBD £1 voucher which can be spent at the Fair or taken away to use in a participating book shop.

We have been running competitions with all classes during Library Lessons – Y8s are putting screen characters with their book titles and Y9s are deciphering Book Tweets.

Keeping with our recent Harry Potter theme (it was Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Night on February 1st) Y7 have been given a flyer asking them to compose an acrostic poem using a character or spell from the books/films. We hope this makes a nice half term activity. Details are below and poems need to be with us by 25th February.

2018 flyer home

 

Potter Mania

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Following on from the runaway success of last year’s quiz to celebrate Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Night, we ran another this year for Y8 and Y9 teams (and one from the English Department!) Thirteen teams in all battled it out with a newly designed quiz including a Whose wand? Round and NEWTS Round with the returning 2017 winners hopeful of reclaiming their crown. As ever the Library Ladies produced some magical nibbles and butter beer (from their own secret recipe!) and two lovely students produced HP cakes. 6th form students helped run events and managed the scores. We were thrilled to see some students really swept away by turning up in robes, scarves and with important Hogwarts equipment!

 

Unfortunately for the returning winners (and the English Department) competition was fierce, especially from Y8 teams. The winners were:

1     S.P.E.W  (33/44 points)

2     Four Champions   (32/44)

3     Honeydukes / The Niffler Puffs   (30/44)

Many thanks to everyone for helping joining in with such gusto – and here’s to next year – Cheers!

 

 

Y7 Battle of the Bookatrons

We haven’t had time to post this year, but couldn’t leave for the Christmas holidays without sharing delicious photos of our annual Battle of the Bookatrons. Year 7 have settled nicely into Library Land and are borrowing well. They, as always, jumped at the chance to pit their literary wits against one another and formed 10 teams for a lunchtime quiz on old favourites , including Tom Gates, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and a pesky little General Round to sift out the really keen readers!

The Library ladiez (and their lovely volunteer Mrs Ivens) provided Poly-juice potion, prawn cocktail crisps, caramel wavers and Bertie Bogtrotter Brownies. The English Teachers turned out in force to add some drama to the David Walliams round and Headmaster, Mr Nunes, announced the winners:

winning team name plates

Winning teams

Made to reados

Booby prize for this team name!!!

Book Fair preparations are underway

We have begun promoting the Scholastic Book Fair to Y7,8,9 students before the 1/2 term holiday. It will be in school from 27th February – 3rd March in the Library.

Scholastic always give us £5 Book Tokens to offer as prizes and we are running competitions for them in Y8 and Y9 Library Lessons. Y7s are being encouraged to compose a Harry Potter Acrostic Poem over the holiday period to be handed in to the Library Ladiez by 24th February. The Book Tokens can be spent at the Book Fair.

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Potter-fun

Our first attempt to celebrate Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Night and we are asking ourselves WHY haven’t we done this before! We have run a very successful Y7 Christmas quiz (Battle of the Bookatrons) for years and maybe assumed older students wouldn’t be so keen to partake. How wrong could we be!!

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Ten teams from Y8 and Y9 rocked in for a lunchtime event, high on excitement before we had even started. Some just wanted to join in with a quiz, others had practiced their HP knowledge seriously over the past two weeks and the teachers’ team were just outright competitive!

I think we feared if we couldn’t put on such a perfectly decorated event as other schools, a half-hearted activity wouldn’t work. But we really needn’t have worried. A few imaginatively designed snacks, student baked cakes, a sorting hat and HP glasses were all we needed. Prizes were bought from Scholastic (HP Journals and light-up wand pens) with our Book Fair points and we added a few books left over from the fair too. Our biggest concern was the Butter Beer Recipe – needing something quick, easy and cheap. (Inbox us if you wish details!) We opened with a soundtrack from Youtube and ran five rounds with about 10 questions in each, using pictures and gifs on a powerpoint to add variety.

BIG THANKS to Churchill and Hans Price Academies for sharing their quizzes to inspire us. And to our Scores-on-the-doors assistants, the English Department for joining us at the last minute (maybe we should run a separate Staff Quiz!!!) Mr Nunes for announcing the winners, and the lovely students who went to the trouble of baking the most amazing cakes.

YES, we will be running this again – and are also planning less formal termly quizzes in our Reading Room. Maybe we could find some student Quiz Masters to compile and run them.