Book Week (27th February – 3rd March)

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It is that time of year again when we celebrate book week at Eastchurch Primary School. The week will begin on Monday 27th February and World Book Day is Thursday 2nd March. World book day takes place every year and is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly highlights the importance of reading. If you would like to find out more about world book day, visit where you will find lots of book recommendations and fun activities.


In school, we will be organising our own events to celebrate world book day. Below we have listed some of the fun activities that will be taking place in school but we also hope you will get involved with this years home task ‘shelfie’ which is about celebrating the joy of books and the benefits that reading can bring.


We would like you to help your child take a selfie in front of a bookshelf. Your ‘shelfie’ moment might be in a library or bookshop; sharing a story at home or with a book group; or enjoying the latest addition to your bookshelf.​ Pictures should then be printed and sent into school or be emailed to by Thursday 9th March. Please remember to include your child’s name and school site in the subject box. Pictures are to be displayed in school and a small reward given to all those taking part.


Monday 27th February ERIC – Everyone Reads In Class!

The challenge today is to listen out for the special sound that will occur throughout the day. When it is heard, everyone (including staff) will stop what they are doing and have quality time reading for 5 minutes.

Parent ‘story time’ sessions

We would like to invite parents to come in and share story time with their child at the end of the school day – More details to follow at the beginning of term 4.

Tuesday 28th February Roald Dahl scavenger hunt (KS1)

The children will search around the school for the hidden Roald Dahl book covers.

Wednesday 1st March Roald Dahl scavenger hunt (KS2)

The children will search around the school for the hidden Roald Dahl book covers.

Thursday 2nd March World Book Day – This is our dress up day and the theme this year is Roald Dahl’ so we would like to invite the children to come into school dressed as a character from one of Roald Dahl’s books i.e. Matilda, BFG, witch, Fantastic Mr Fox, Willy Wonka – We will put some easy to make dress up ideas on the school website.

Each child will receive a £1 book token that they can exchange for a £1 World book day book from Tesco or other participating bookshops.

Friday 3rd March Reading extraordinaire!  – In school the children will get into their ‘houses’ to complete a book quiz based on books they have been reading in class.


Book week is always an exciting week and we hope you enjoy getting involved with your child.

Many thanks,

Mrs Barton and Mrs Jacobs

(Literacy leaders)


TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top 100
fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results.
1          Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 51        Coraline by Neil Gaiman
2          Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 52        Zoo by Anthony Browne
3          Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 53        Treasure Island by R L Stevenson
4          Matilda by Roald Dahl 54        Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
5          The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson 55        Cinderella by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
6          The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis 56        Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
7          The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 57        The Railway Children by E Nesbit
8          We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen 58        Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
9          Dogger by Shirley Hughes 59=      Kidnapped by R L Stevenson
10        Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 59=      The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith
11        Stig of the Dump by Clive King 61=      Beegu by Alexis Deacon
12=      Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 61=      The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
12=      The Iron Man by Ted Hughes 63=      Eragon by Christopher Paolini
14        Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown 63=      The Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves
15        Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne 65=      Gentle Giant by Michael Morpurgo
16        Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg 65=      Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
17=      Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson 67        The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
17=      The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 68        Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
19        Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss 69        Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
20        War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 70        Theseus and the Minotaur by David Orme and Wendy Body
21=      Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm 71=      The Just William series by Richmal Crompton
21=      The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 71=      On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
23        Peace at Last by Jill Murphy 71=      Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
24        Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer 71=      Street Child by Berlie Doherty
25        Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd 71=      The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
26        Not Now Bernard by David Mckee 76=      Angelo by Quentin Blake
27        Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 76=      The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Draywalt and Oliver Jeffers
28        The Twits by Roald Dahl 76=      The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
29        I am David by Anne Holm 79        My Mum by Anthony Browne
30        The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes 80=      The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
31        The Paddington series by Michael Bond 80=      The Tunnel by Anthony Browne
32        Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch 82=      Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
33        Esio Trot by Roald Dahl 82=      The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp
34        Five Children and It by E Nesbit 84        The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
35        Clockwork by Phillip Pullman 85=      Click Clack Moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
36        The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 85=      The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
37        The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton 85=      The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
38        Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury 88=      I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
39        Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome 88=      The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
40        The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier 88=      The Early Years at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
41        The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy 88=      Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
42        The Alfie and Annie Rose series by Shirley Hughes 92=      Birds Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
43        Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield 92=      The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
44        Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson 94        The Mrs Pepperpot series by Alf Proysen
45        Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore 95=      The Asterix Series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
46        Sad Book by Michael Rosen 95=      The Fib and Other Stories by George Layton
47        The Borrowers by Mary Norton 97        The Giant’s Necklace by Michael Morpurgo
48=      A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown 98        The Kipper series by Mick Inkpen
48=      The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg 99=      The Milly-Molly-Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley
50        Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 99=      The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson