We Love Reading at Dartford Primary Academy!

A photo showing DPA pupils working on a papier mache sculpture of a famous book character.

Last week, the children who read the most minutes for Buster’s Book Club in each year group at KS2 were rewarded with the opportunity to help make our new display for the Year 5 and 6 library area with. A company called ‘Arty Party’ came into work with the children to create the masterpiece that now pops out at you as you walk through the Year 5 and 6 hall. The Year 5 and 6 winning classes helped to make the paper mache on day 1 and on the second day the Year 3 and 4 winning classes helped to paint it. As soon as the display was fastened to the wall, the children were desperate to go over and marvel at it. I certainly hope the display inspires the children to pick up a book and read for pleasure!

A photo of the sculpture of different book characters created by DPA students with help from Arty Party.
A photo of the sculpture of different book characters created by DPA students with help from Arty Party.

Here are some quotes from the children who helped to create our newest addition to our Year 5 and 6 reading environment:

On Monday, two people from the Arty Party came in. They showed us how to cut and shape wood, paper mache our creations, add shape to the arms, legs, tummy and head and stick things onto the base- with tape. I really enjoyed our half an hour with the Arty Party as I now have learnt how to make cartoon (lifesize) people from books. It was still really fun! – Freya

I like how we made a 3D Willy Wonka out of wood and cardboard. I also liked that they added extras on the Willy Wonka design (such as the book and more Roald Dahl characters.) Overall, I enjoyed the Arty Party. It was a fun experience. – Fatehvir

A photo showing DPA pupils working on a papier mache sculpture of a famous book character.
A photo of DPA pupils working together to paint part of the book sculpture for the hall.

It was fun and creative and had a lot of cool stuff!

I thought it was really good and fun!

A photo showing DPA pupils working together on a book character using papier mache.
A photo showing DPA pupils working together on a book character using papier mache.
A photo showing DPA pupils working together on a book character using papier mache.

It was really exciting and a brilliant experience!

The Arty Party was great because we didn’t know what to expect!

A photo showing DPA pupils working together on a book character using papier mache.