Another year, another wonderful World Book Day celebration! Every year here at SLS we invite local schools to put together a team of either Year 6 or Year 7 students to take part in a literary quiz.
Ranging from ‘Food for Thought’ to ‘Magic & Mystery’, we put together six rounds of quiz questions for the students to enjoy. We try to keep it a mix of modern and classic literature, so as to provide a good balance. This mix has historically been quite successful, with a good proportion of accessible to quite difficult questions.
While the competitive side of this event always adds an element of fun, what we have found is that it provides a good opportunity for Year 6 students to meet and engage with Year 7 students, almost as a transition exercise. Halfway through the quiz, we play a game called ‘Book Buddies’. Each school team member is given one part of a book cover. Their job is then to find other school team members with the same cover, and then put their pieces together to form a full book cover. They then sit down and enjoy a cupcake with their new “book buddies”, and have the chance to talk about what it’s like going to secondary school.
This is of course quite difficult for some students, and it can be very daunting to speak to strangers, let alone ones who are older! However after a bit of prompting, it is really nice to see Year 7 students providing advice to Year 6, as they have just been through what the other is about to experience. A bonus coincidence this year was that three Year 7
students found that their “buddies” had attended the same primary school, and had the chance to catch up with one another.
What we might consider for next year is introducing another game so that students are further encouraged to speak to one another. While it is lovely to see students chatting to one another naturally, it is understandable that not everyone will be comfortable doing so. With this in mind, a game like 20 Questions or Top Trumps might give them a reason to discuss things with one another, which will hopefully then lead to further conversation.
In terms of venue, we are lucky to be able to host the event at the Guille-Allès public library. Students and teachers alike are often very familiar with these surroundings and enjoy visiting what is a beautiful and educational place of interest.
If your school missed out on the chance to attend this year, we would like to share our quiz with you. We have sent the Powerpoint presentation to school TLRs and Library Assistants, as well as included it via the link below. However if you would like to get in touch with us directly, then please do not hesitate to contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you next year!