This term, we will be exploring stories by Tom Percival. Tom had an unconventional childhood in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire. He grew up in a ramshackle, freezing-cold caravan with no electricity or heating. However, it was during this time that Tom created imaginary worlds which took him on his path to where he is now. Tom is best known for his empathetic and inclusive picture books, and has become a go-to voice for books that explore emotional health and wellbeing. His bestselling Big Bright Feelings picture book series were introduced to the children in assembly, and we watched Ruby’s Worry. The children were excited to know that we would be delving into Tom's work further during our World Book Week.
During this term, to coincide with Shakespeare Week, we are also celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early experiences of Shakespeare.
During our launch assembly, we learnt about William's life and some of his significant plays. At the end of the assembly, each class left with their class reader - a story from the Shakespeare Stories collection. These books give children an introduction to William's works from the tragedy of 'Macbeth' and the epic 'The Tempest', through to the humour of 'Much Ado About Nothing'.