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On Thursday 7th March, the English department celebrated the 22nd year of WORLD BOOK DAY in our LRC with a group of Year 6 students from Cippenham Primary School.

This project provided an opportunity to not only familiarise Year 6 children with the environment they will be joining in September 2019 but to also meet and speak with their future English teachers. It was also a fantastic way to celebrate our growing and inspiring young writers, authors and illustrators in our current Year 7 cohort, who have particularly excelled within English so far within their learning journey. Sixteen of our Year 7 students developed their leadership skills by working in groups with Year 6 children. Each group were given two hours to complete their writing challenge which was to work together to produce an engaging and exciting creative text. During the project, each pupil enhanced three of the important skills we equip our students with at The Westgate School: Effective COMMUNICATOR, Creative INITIATOR and Adaptable LEADER. - Miss Scambler, English Teacher

‘I enjoyed working alongside the year 6 children from Cippenham Primary School as it was a fun challenge and we were able to work well together as a team. Through this teamwork we were able to produce a captivating piece of creative writing complete with images and ambitious language. It was also fantastic to speak with year 6 children and understand what they are excited and nervous about before joining Westgate. Together, we came up with an amazing narrative called ‘Hidden’. – Reece Mayes, Year 7.

‘I really enjoyed World Book Day with year 6 because I got the opportunity to help and teach them amazing vocabulary and how to use different sentence types. Also, it was really fun and interactive. As a group, we produced a story called ‘The Haunted Room’. – Sana Chaudhry, Year 7.