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Book Week at BISS Puxi Encourages Students to Read

December, 2013
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biss-puxi-primary-book-weekBook Week at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus saw students from Pre-Nursery to Year 6 celebrating the wonderful world of books through lots of activities designed to get them excited about reading.

The primary library was open every evening and lots of parents took the opportunity to come in and read with their children and enjoy some milk and cookies at the same time. Years 3-6 were lucky enough to enjoy a visit from Hong-Kong based author Sarah Brennan, who writes the fabulously funny Chinese Calendar Tales. She spoke to the children about her inspirations for all of her stories and the Chinese history and culture she weaves into them, as well as captivating with a reading of her new book Sybil Snake. The story makes connections to the only female emperor, Wu Zetian, and links to the Chinese legend of the White Snake. The children also learnt about how the Silk Road played a crucial role in world history to disseminate ideas and trade. Sarah signed books and was thrilled to discover the children were so interested and keen to learn both about her books and Chinese history.

All week classes got together with their reading buddies. Older children took stories down to read to the younger children in Early Years Cubs and Years 1 and 2. It was great to see such enthusiasm for reading across the school.

The week culminated in a Dress-up Day on Friday. Children came to school dressed as their favourite brave hero or evil villain. As they arrived at school on Friday they discovered the appearance of a mysterious Big Red Button in the playground. ‘Do Not Touch!’ a giant glittering sign ordered, but why? Lots of whispered considerations were heard – why was it there? What would happen if someone did push it? Minds raced and lots of imaginative outcomes were deliberated. This prompted some wonderful discussion in classes and the production of some fantastic writing. 


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