ICS Côte d’Azur Reading Week

Jennifer Wallace

From the 17th to the 21st January ICS Côte d’Azur turned into a veritable haven for book lovers as we celebrated reading week. From our youngest students in KG1, to our eldest in PY6, everyone got involved in activities designed to promote and celebrate the love of reading.

 

collage of reading week

Instilling a love of reading from a young age increases memory and concentration skills, expands vocabulary and strengthens writing skills, enhances knowledge, and increases children’s creativity and imagination. It is also a wonderful moment to relax and unwind as you enter the magical world of the book.

 

The whole school participated in a twice daily ‘drop everything and read’ session whenever they heard special music in the corridors, and every class had the chance to visit a special French book fair to select books to purchase and take home. On Friday, the whole school dressed up as their favourite book characters (we had an entire class of Hogwarts students!)

 

Here are some more fun and engaging activities that took place across our classes:

 

KG1&2: In English class, children played ‘book musical chairs’, KG1 did a fun art activity painting farm animals they saw in a story, and KG2 worked together to paint the Three Little Pigs. In French class, children presented their favourite books and went outdoors for some reading time in the fresh air.

 

PY1&2: In English and French class students read aloud to their favourite stuffed animals in different spaces around the school, they read in darkness with torches brought from home, and they chose their favourite books to read extracts to their classmates.

 

collage of reading week

PY3&4: In English class, students wrote book reviews, designed book covers and presented a show and tell with their favourite books. In French class, students talked about their favourite books in their mother tongue, looked at books about the Middle Ages and created activities around the theme.

 

PY5&6: In French class, students played a game called Bibliotop to practise their fluency, comprehension and learn some interesting literature facts. They also held a book swap, where they exchanged books from their own personal collections, and they engaged in speed reading and reading out loud activities. In English class, students participated in an epic reading challenge and managed to read over 200 books between them! An amazing achievement.

 

Thank you to all our teachers and students for an incredible reading week, and we have more fun reading and writing activities planned very soon. Watch this space!