IT WAS the end of an exciting few days at Northchapel Primary School and all the pupils arrived for the last day at school before half-term in a range of weird and wonderful costumes.
It was the highlight of a series of events organised for pupils in every class to celebrate national book week.
But the burning question of the day on everyone’s lips was ‘guilty or not guilty’ as the school prepared for the grand trial of Big Bad Wolf.
It all started at the beginning of the week when a dramatic journey into the world of books saw pupils following an intriguing book trail where they ended up investigating the unfortunate end of an innocent pig.
The children became super sleuths and began a search for evidence to nail the culprit.
As their investigation continued, all their evidence began to point in one direction.
And by the end of the week the children had narrowed the crime down to one suspect –the Big Bad Wolf.
To arrive at their conclusion, teachers helped the children explore forensic science, map the crime scene, interview suspects, write news reports and research facts about wolves, ready for the Big Bad Wolf’s trial later in the week.
Tuesday saw a very hectic ‘Books for Breakfast’, an early-morning event, where children and their parents shared reading a book together and eating pancakes for breakfast.
Later they welcomed the inspiring children’s book author Antony Lishak, who shared in hilarious workshops, exploring how to begin writing a story.
Wednesday saw mixed-age house teams meeting for a shared story while children in Beech Class were busy compiling arguments for the prosecution and defence of poor Mr Wolf.
Early in the evening on Thursday, the children returned to school dressed in their pyjamas or ‘onesies’ for Sleepy Storytime.
They listened to and read bedtime stories while enjoying a hot chocolate drink and biscuits.
On Friday, all the children and staff came dressed as their favourite book character and paraded in a sharing assembly with their parents.
Later in the day the grand trial of the Big Bad Wolf was held, but the jury is still out...
More pictures in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, Thursday, February 20