On Friday 6 March the whole school celebrated World Book Day. Celebrations take place all over the world to recognise the magical power of books – ‘a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge…’
In Prep the children and staff dressed up as a book character and many brought in their favourite books. The staff made a real effort and all the costumes were astonishing. Mrs Hearn as Mrs Coulter from ‘The Northern Lights’ and Mr Sowry as The Scarecrow from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to name but a few. The children all looked fantastic and we are very grateful to the support from the parents who helped with their costumes.
The day began with a special World Book Day assembly from Reverend Seabrook explaining why the Bible was his favourite book. Mr Crossley (dressed as Gandalf from ‘The Hobbit’) and Mrs Beedell (dressed as Wendy from ‘Peter Pan’) highlighted the importance of reading and revealed the results of our internal ‘500 Word Short Story Competition’. The winners, Harriet D and Thomas H, were awarded a special book prize and Mr Crossley read out their stories. The Runners –up were Lana K and Danielle W and they both received Commendations and a small prize.
During the day the children enjoyed lots of book related activities and many of the staff read extracts from their favourite books to the children during their lessons. Some pupils gave a presentation on their favourite book to the class and others created book reviews. We also participated in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and at 10.15am the children stopped what they were doing and read a book. It was amazing to witness everyone completely engrossed in a book for 15 minutes. At break times some of the children had brought in books for a ‘Book Swap’ and enjoyed participating in this activity.
To encourage the children’s reading even further, the children were all issued with Book Tokens worth £1.00. The intention of the day is to make the children more aware of books, authors and stories and to inspire the children to read more. This, combined with our Book Fair before half-term, makes us confident that we achieved this, resulting in a fun and exciting day. We cannot wait for next year!