Saturday, 24 October 2015

Hetty Feather Book Club Trip

Members of the Broadford Primary Book Club were very excited to travel down to Southend to watch the stage production of Hetty Feather. After seven weeks of studying the Jacqueline Wilson text the children were given the opportunity to join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital. Who wouldn't want to escape from the clutches of Matron Stinking Bottomly?

Having left behind the wonders of the squirrel house, countryside, and Tanglefields Travelling Circus, Hetty has to learn how to survive in the harsh cold conditions of the Foundling Hospital. Simply for protecting her brother Gideon from being beaten, Hetty had to endure a night locked in the attic.

For the Book Club it was amazing to see the scary streets of Victorian London bought to life. By the end of the show, all of the children were cheering as Hetty overcame all the obstacles in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own!
"By linking a book to a stage production, it really helps to bring the story to life for the children. Over the last three years we have run similar clubs for: Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The 39 Steps and The Railway Children. The impact has been huge: book loans up, other stories by the author loaned more frequently and applications for Book Club soaring."
Miss Roseanne Sparkes - Librarian

By promoting a love of reading in this way, Broadford has achieved stunning success at KS2. The school has been ranked in the top 1% of all schools nationally for the last 3 years for reading, making it the most successful school in Harold Hill and in Havering.

"I loved the book as it went into much more detail about Hetty's family. The show was incredible, but I would have liked to see more about her brothers and sisters."
Deborah Mushonga - aged 10

"My eyes kept popping out! The music was so much fun, I didn't know they would have so many songs... some were really funny. The way they bought the tree to life with the rope climbing and ladders was very clever!"
Sara Lopez - aged 10

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