In 2021 World Book Day, just like everything else, was slightly different. This year, we adapted our activities to ensure that our pupils experienced a range of powerful and positive messages about books and reading.
Throughout the week leading up to World Book Day on Thursday 4 March, our Prep pupils took part in a range of crafts and activities. They practiced their drawing with Tom Knight, listened to World Book Day audio books, made bookmarks and character finger puppets, wrote adventure novels with Katherine Rundell, doodled in the style of Tom Gates, completed ‘protect the planet’ poetry writing and lots more!
Our Year 5 pupils also enjoyed a virtual session with author Victoria Schwab on writing spooky stories. Here is what Alexandru and Millie had to say:
I liked how we heard spooky stories and the catacombs. I really enjoyed making my own. I feel like maybe becoming an author when I grow up. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy spooky stories. You can make up monsters and lots of things. You can include spooky things that happened to you or other people. I really think I’m inspired by Victoria Schwab. It’s really like halloween. Alexandru
I loved yesterday’s talk about spooky stories, and how you can make a spooky story. It was a great opportunity to listen and learn about this because some people might want to be an author when they are older, so it is giving us tips of how to be one. I have always wondered what it would be like to be an author because I am so interested in how they get all the ideas, then the author said that all the ghost stories were true, and she went to those places to find the history about it. That was what I liked about the spooky talk. Millie
Our Early Years children took inspiration from David McKee’s book by making their very own Elmer biscuits. They made rainbow fish out of playdough, fed their very hungry caterpillar, built castles fit for a King and Queen, and enjoyed an afternoon tea with The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
Staff and pupils didn’t hold back when it came to dressing-up and all looked fantastic as their favourite book characters. Pupils were very surprised to find an Oompa Loompa teaching them Religious Education!