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Small School Has Big Success

27 April 2012 at 11:44

Photo of whole school enjoying a bedtime story

With just 15 pupils, Ollaberry Primary School in Shetland proves that you don't have to be a big school to enjoy a successful Readathon.

During the School's Book Week, which kicked off just after World Book Day,pupils read for an average of 301 minutes per pupil, totalling 3,921 minutes in all - that's nearly three solid days! 

Their reading-related activities were as follows:

  • pupils and staff brought in their pyjamas for a "bedtime story" session
  • the children had a nice surprise when three guest storytellers came to visit
  • the youngest class read the book "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark" and sewed their own felt Plop baby Barn Owls
  • everyone enjoyed a wonderful book-themed dinner of "Mrs Grinling's Fish n' Chips" from The Lighthouse Keeper books and "Willie Wonka's Chocolate Cupcakes" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • all pupils were also given World Book Day vouchers to spend on books

Brilliant ideas that we are sure other schools will love to share! Congratulations to everyone at Ollaberry who made their event such a resounding success!

Tags: Shetland | Ollaberry

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Shakespeare Goes Global for 2012 London Olympics

25 April 2012 at 10:27

World Shakespeare Festival logoAs part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympics, an amazing festival of 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages kicked off this week on Shakespeare's birthday, Monday 23rd April. Performances will take place not only at The Globe, but at venues all over Britain.

As the biggest Shakespeare festival ever, this is a landmark event that every schoolchild should know about! Although most children won't have the opportunity to enjoy a festival play at first hand, there are plenty of other ways of making Shakespeare accessible to even the youngest child. Here are links to some of our favourite children's editions of Shakespeare:

Real Reads' Collection of William Shakespeare Titles

The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories

Mr William Shakespeare's Plays

10 Best Shakespeare Stories Ever

Tags: Shakespeare | London Olympics 2012 | books | children