Local schools celebrate World Book Day

Children in Wilmslow, Handforth and celebrated World Book Day in style this week with many dressing up as their favourite characters.

Mrs Jane Gornell, Head Teacher at St Benedict's Catholic Primary School, said "What a fun day ! We love to celebrate our learning of reading within school by focussing on author study, character description and by dressing up. We started our day by gathering as a whole school and sharing an assembly then we moved onto learning a range of strategies including reading for meaning, decoding , phonics and reading skills. Thank you to our supportive parents who patiently support their children in designing and making costumes."

At Lacey Green Primary Academy the teachers organised a host of activities for the children to enjoy with Key Stage 1 and EYFS immersed themselves in the world of Roald Dahl with extracts from three of his classic books. In the Reception classrooms the children heard an excerpt from The BFG before weaving their own dream catchers. Another group heard part of The Twits and went on to create their own 'Mr Twit beard' complete with half-eaten morsels. Whilst in our Year 2 classrooms, they listened to The Enormous Crocodile and used modelling materials to construct cages big enough to catch the wicked beast.

Miss Hall, EYFS and KS1 Leader: "Key Stage 1 and EYFS World Book Day was a huge success. We had a great day and it was wonderful to see the brilliant costumes the children and staff had put together to look like their favourite book characters. It was an excellent celebration of books and reading across the year groups. We hope the day has inspired the children to read a little more."

Staff joined the children in wearing some impressive and were snapped reading in a variety of unusual places from the toilet, to the fridge and even the Principal's Office!

Mrs Jones, Deputy Head: "Everyone had such a fabulous and inspirational day during World Book Day. The school was transformed into a sea of book characters on World Book Day for the whole day, with all pupils and staff dressing up as their favourite fictional characters! The children in KS2 were involved in a wide range of book activities including: creating reading pebbles, baking gingerbread men, creating interactive and animated books using iPads. In the afternoon, all of the juniors teamed up with the infants to share a book together as well as visiting the Scholastic Book Fair organised to coincide with the event. The day was a tremendous success, with many pupils and staff going home with a smile on their face!"

Jessica Dolby, Acting Assistant Head at Handforth Grange Primary School, said "There has been a lovely calm and relaxing atmosphere in school today as everyone came in their pyjamas for World Book Day! The children started the day with a famous author and book quiz, then the older children shared their books and heard the children in KS1 read and and at the end of the day they had the opportunity to buy a book for just 50p."

The book sale managed to raise just over £130 which will be put towards buying new books for the classrooms.

The Wilmslow Academy also embraced World Book Day and used it as an opportunity to inspire their writing of traditional tales.

Mrs C Clowes, Principal at Wilmslow Academy said "Some pupils enjoyed writing their poems about The Princess and The Pea with a twist, the poems are from the pea's perspective! We also enjoyed sharing our amazing work with other classes.

"World Book Day was a memorable experience to inspire and motivate our writers throughout our school."

Meanwhile at St Anne's Fulshaw they had a 'Bedtime Stories' day where children wore pyjamas and brought their blankets and toys from home.

Head teacher Clare Daniel said "Throughout the day all the adults in school read the children selected stories and much fun was had by all."

World Book Day


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David Nelson
Thursday 14th March 2019 at 9:16 am
Can't beat a good book!