Today we were visited by Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and David Walliams. They came to Charles Dickens Primary to promote the importance of reading; learning to read using phonics and also developing children’s love of reading through introducing them to great books, going to the library, starting up book clubs and high quality phonics.
The visited the children in the reception classes and watched phonics being taught before getting the chance to say hello to all the children and share some books. The children loved reading David’s book about the Annoying Elephant.
The Secretary of State and David Walliams read together from one of our favourite books, the BFG! Ms Morgan played the character of Sophie and David Walliams was the Big Friendly Giant – we were very impressed as they did ‘voices’! We learnt about their favourite books (Roald Dahl and JK Rowling were loved by David) and they asked about the children’s favourite books too! David Walliams then brought his book Gangsta Granny alive with a super reading full of funny voices, including a very strange Granny. Everyone laughed a lot! Ms Morgan answered questions about ‘being in charge of all the schools’ and how many schools she had visited! Well done Year 3 and 4 for thinking of such sensible questions.
Lucky Year 3 and 4 children who listened to the reading have each been given a copy of David’s new book ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ and we have a few spare ones for the other classes. David Walliam’s publisher also gave us a big box of books for the new library. Thank you Harper Collins!
At the end, some of the children who asked questions got to speak to the camera teams and do some filming of their own. Channel 5 News crew let the children hold mics, direct and film each other! Channel 5 were definitely impressed with them all!
What a busy morning…