After two years’ hiatus due to the pandemic, Richmond Borough primary schools were over the moon to receive invitations to Battle of the Books competitions again.

In the autumn, schools were asked to select eight of their most avid and passionate readers from Year 2 and also eight from Year 4 to form two teams for two competitions to be held in the summer term. Over the course of the year, the two teams met weekly for a Book Club where they read, discussed and reimagined six children’s books.

Finally, competition day arrived on 1 July. Year 2 teams met at Orleans Primary, Twickenham and Year 4 teams at St James’ Primary, Twickenham who both kindly hosted events. Over the day, the teams participated against nine other schools in three events: quiz questions on all six books read; drama performances from a scene in a book only selected by judges on the day; and an art challenge where teams had to redesign a front cover of one of the books.  

Despite some initial nerves, both St Mary’s teams did brilliantly. Year 2 won the art round and finished an impressive second overall. Year 4 won the drama round and came second in the art round finishing a fabulous first place overall. Well done St Mary’s teams and all those who supported this success.

You can discover more about St Mary’s C of E Primary School Twickenham here.