Kingsham Primary School welcomed book lovers galore to talk to and read with the children during the academy’s Book Week in March. Visiting authors and editors, students from Chichester High School, parents and guest story-tellers all enjoyed a wealth of reading activities, events and competitions.

Jerry Goddard, the University of Chichester Academy Trust’s Director of Standards, was delighted to be invited as a guest story-teller by Year 5/6. Jerry said,  ‘I have the privilege of visiting all our academies regularly but that privilege was more than doubled on World Book Day when I read a chapter of A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E. by Malorie Blackman.  Elliott and Nosh, his best mate, were trying to solve the mystery of Elliot's mum's whereabouts and why she had recently disappeared. I only hope the pupils, who were fantastic active listeners, enjoyed the reading as much as I did!’

Other events during the week included an after-school book swap, workshops for parents, DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) where everyone stopped what they were doing at school and read for pleasure when they heard a bell ring, and a Bedtime Story session with class teachers when children came back to school at 6.30pm in their pyjamas to hear a story and enjoy a hot chocolate.