I am sitting here, writing this, and feeling exhausted and exhilarated. We’ve just had a brilliant World Book Day at St Michael’s Primary School, thanks to the fantastic Peter Bently and his fun and informative brand of humour. Key Stage 2 pupils (years 3-6) were treated to a cornucopia (what a lovely, big word) of funny jokes and facts about medieval life, linked to Peter’s hilarious series Knightmare!. (Review to come soon.) Of course the fact that much of it focused on medieval gardrobes (poo closets where clothes were kept, as folk believed the smell would repel the moths) captured the children’s imagination and sense of humour as two hapless characters had the unenviable job of trying to climb a guard robe tower. Peter then invited the children to be his squires or pages to help him don his suit of armour … and everyone was desperate to have a go.
All Peter could do was stand there while we tried to attach the various parts…
After that, we heard about how difficult it was for knights to ride and fight, wearing the equivalent of two men’s body weight on their body. And how they sometimes had to be hoisted onto horseback with ropes!. Luckily Peter managed to get onto this horse without too much trouble.
After a morning of jesting and jousting, we moved into Key Stage 1 for some picture book fun. The children, predictably, LOVED The Great Dog Bottom Swap (you can read our review here) and the Reception teacher could barely suppress her giggles as she held up the book.
At the end of the day, we had our official library opening and Peter cut the ribbon with proper scissors, otherwise we might have been there all day with the child-safe ones.
And then we had tea, cakes, and book selling and signing. The queues were phenomenal. At 4pm it was time to pack Peter into a taxi and back to Devon. But the buzz in the school carried on well past his departure. I am sure tomorrow I will be reading more of Peter’s books to the children! I will leave you with some pictures of the artwork children have been doing to prepare for Peter’s visit. The library feels cosy and official now! Happy World Book Day!