Monkey business at The Tynings

February 25 2019

PARENTS and grandparents joined reception class children at a Staple Hill school to monkey around with a good book.

Like all reception children in the country, the four and five year olds at The Tynings Primary School have each been given a copy of Little Monkey by Marta Altes, courtesy of charity BookTrust. It tells the story of a little monkey who has big dreams to explore the jungle and sets off on an exciting adventure.
Staff at the Tynings organised a special event exploring the book, with parents and grandparents invited in to school to work alongside their children, taking part in activities linked to the book and attending a workshop on how best to support enjoyment in reading at home.
Throughout the afternoon, the children had opportunities to bring the book to life, making banana smoothies, creating monkey finger puppets, decorating monkey and tiger masks to act out the story, creating bark rubbings of unusual leaves and trees, and writing their own picture story book.
The school’s English lead, Louisa Brown, said: “It was such a lovely afternoon. There is always something magical about the sharing of a book with children. I’m so pleased that this afternoon further developed the positive partnership between our school and home, and gave parents and grandparents some practical top tips for supporting reading at home, not just through decoding but through illustrations, questioning, drama and games.
“The afternoon was a huge success and one that the children will not forget for a very long time. A great time was had by all.”
Parents described the event as “thoughtful” and “really informative”, with one saying: “It was really fun and a special time with my son. We both enjoyed it!”
BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity and provides books, resources and support for 3.4 million children across the country every year.
Little Monkey is the book it has chosen to give to this year’s reception pupils but it also provides free books to every child before they are a year old and again before their fourth birthday through its Bookstart packs. It also gives additional needs packs for babies and toddlers, as well as black-and-white booklets for newborns and dual language books.