Celebrating Reading in Year 1

Year One performed their Class Assembly to parents, children and staff on Wednesday 22 January.

The theme was ‘Celebrating Reading’. The whole class has been taking part in ‘The 50 Books to Read by The End of Year 1’ Reading Challenge. This is the first year that Year One has taken part and the children have been incredibly enthusiastic about it and many have already received the Silver Award for reading more than 20 books from this list.

The children showed photographs of themselves reading in some of their favourite places around school. Emran likes to read in the playground, Izah in Ms Barnard’s office chair and Noah-Hussain in the Heads of House office!

Everyone in Year 1 selected their favourite book and completed a book review in class. They shared this and a picture of their book character in their Assembly. For example,

Emily: ‘Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is one of my favourite books. I like the way he caught burglars and he was so flat he could fit inside a letter and go in the post box.’

Noah-Hussain: ‘The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is one of my favourite books. I love it because the little boy saw Santa and the land was covered in snow. It reminds me of my holiday at Christmas to the North Pole.’

Kelly: ‘The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss is one of my favourite books. I loved it when Thing 1 and Thing 2 made a mess and The Cat in the Hat went back home.’

James: ‘The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is one of my favourite books. I loved the part when the mouse said he wants Gruffalo crumble to eat.’

Irina: ‘The Gigantic Turnip Репка by Alexei Tolstoy is a Russian story. It is one of my favourite books because I like to grow plants and also because it is set in Russia and I am Russian.’

Enis: ‘Funny Bones by Allan Ahlberg is one of my favourite books. I loved the part where the dog skeleton got put back together again in the story.’

Next, Year 1 shared a story called One Night in the Zoo written by one of our favourite authors Judith Kerr. We have looked at many of her books this school year. The children were all an animal in the story and the audience could easily guess which one from their hat and costumes. To finish, the class performed the song ‘Never Smile at a Crocodile’ directed at Zakariya, who made a fine crocodile in his outfit and crocodile tail.