At the event, pupils were honoured with a special showing of a video they had created about their experience ‘shadowing’ the judging process for the awards. This was part of an annual competition run by the Chartered Institute of Library and Informational Professionals (CILIP) to encourage children to read and review the books on the panel’s shortlist. Hanwell Fields Community School was one of four winning schools who were invited to attend the actual awards ceremony at the British Library.
For this year’s prestigious event, the winning pupils from Hanwell Fields Community School were celebrated for the thoughtful and creative ways they engaged with the texts, as shown in their special video. This included working together to create a special chair to represent the story of the refugees in Nicola Davies’ novel ‘The Day War Came’, and making their very own memory quilt inspired by Eric and Terry Fan’s picture book ‘Ocean Meets Sky’.
Their work on the literary programme combined not only pupils’ reading and comprehension skills but their imaginations and artistic abilities, complementing their learning inside the classroom. To support their reading, the children formed a special Kate Greenaway Club to discuss the characters, ideas and themes within the books. At the awards ceremony, pupils were able to celebrate their hard work with their teachers, as well as hear from some of the shortlisted authors about their inspirations and backgrounds.
Harry Paget-Wall Collins, Headteacher at Hanwell Fields Community School, said:
“We are very proud of the enthusiasm and commitment our pupils have shown, both in book club discussions and when it came to creating their wonderful chair and memory quilt. By engaging with the books in these creative ways, our children were really able to consider the feelings and journeys of the characters and think more deeply about the world around them. Fostering this kind of understanding and respect in our young people is all part of our commitment to deliver an Education with Character.”