In celebration of World Book Day (WBD), Thursday 5th March, pupils dressed up as their favourite ‘Story Heroes’ and held a ‘Preloved Book Swap’ for the school’s younger children who each selected a book of their choice to take home for free.
This year’s celebrations began with the WBD ‘Share a Story’ campaign which runs from Thursday 27th February all the way through to Sunday 29th March, with all pupils receiving a £1 World Book Day voucher to be exchanged for one of twelve specially published texts available from major supermarkets and bookshops or used at the school’s Book Fair at the end of the month.
Associate Head for Phase 1 Reading and Phonics, Miss Slack, said: “Each year we try to vary how we celebrate World Book Day and this year our theme is ‘Story Heroes’ with all pupils from Reception to Year 8 and staff encouraged to dress up as a hero or heroine from a book, comic or graphic novel. Older pupils have been asked to select a quote spoken by their chosen hero, which will be displayed in school. This year the school has also registered to take part in World Book Day ‘Share a Story’ campaign which aims to share a MILLION stories during World Book Day month.”
The day also included creative comic strip and superhero bookmark competitions and a World Book Day Superhero themed lunch of Marvel pork meatballs and Spiderman spaghetti, Superman vegetable burgers with Incredible potatoes, Green Lantern peas, Captain America carrots and Super Power chocolate cake. Local artist and cartoonist, Geoff Tristram, delivered entertaining and instructive workshops to aspiring illustrators and a school governor shared why there is nothing better to read than children’s literature.
Added Miss Slack: “Sharing stories in school and at home should be as non-negotiable as feeding your child. Even if your child is struggling to develop their reading skills, nurture their love of stories and your child will be motivated to persevere.”