Last week, our teachers and pupils had a great time celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities took place, with pupils being encouraged to explore the thrill and emotion that reading inspires.
The use of books has long been a crucial part of education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books are being marginalised. At Drove Primary School, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and express their creativity, and World Book Day was a great opportunity for us to help our pupils understand what reading has to offer.
This year, we celebrated World Book Day with some fantastic authors. Creator of the Whimsey Wood book series, Sarah Hill, came to our school for the day on Monday 4th March. She took story and craft workshops with years 1 to 4 and Q&A sessions with years 5 and 6. The younger children created some lovely work and the older children gained a great insight into the life of a real-life author.
On Monday afternoon, Drove Primary was lucky enough to hold a special assembly that included four fantastic authors and illustrators who shared their experience and wisdom through humour and past stories explaining how they came up with their ideas. They stayed after school for book signings and were extremely well received by our 360 pupils (years 3 to 6) watching their assembly. The authors were:
- Martin Brown -—Illustrator of Horrible Histories
- Frank Cottrell Boyce — Award-winning Author of Millions and Many TV and Film Productions
- Holly Smale — Author of Geek Girl
- Cathy Cassidy — Author of Sami's Silver Lining
As well as meeting the authors, children were given the chance to buy versions of the author’s books in addition to the £1 World Book Day books.
On Thursday 7th March, World Book Day itself, all the children and staff were dressed up as one of their favourite story book characters. Within the staff, we had characters from the Harry Potter series, Where’s Wally, a group of spies, The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Stanley Yelnats, the witch from Room on the Broom, and The Highway Rat.
Classes spent the day enjoying activities focused on a story book. They also brought in their own favourite book to share with others. Throughout the day, children took part in a book character hunt where they had to discover which character each teacher was. Certificates were handed out for the best costumes in each class, and our singing assembly focused on a song from the Matilda musical.
Mr Roberts, Year 6 Teacher, said: “World Book Day gave our pupils the chance to express their creativity with making their costumes, as well as their obvious love of reading. We have created a reading for pleasure culture here at Drove, and this day reinforces it greatly.”
Although our pupils and teachers had a lot of fun last week, all of our activities had an underlying message — reading is important. Helping pupils become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to have ignited a lifelong passion for reading within our pupils.