Pupils from Kindergarten through to Year 6 at the Prep School demonstrated their love of literature when they participated in World Book Day today – the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK.

In Kindergarten the focus was on Rod Campbell’s classic book ‘Dear Zoo’ with both children and staff dressing up as characters from the well-known tale, including lions, tigers, elephants and rabbits!

In Pre-Prep pupils in Pre-School to Year 2 had been asked to come to school dressed as a Julia Donaldson character. There was a whole range of characters on show including Stick Man, the Witch from ‘Room on the Broom’, the Gruffalo, Zog and Charlie Cook. There was a special World Book Day Assembly where the teachers, who had dressed up as characters from ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, sang to the children and talked about why reading is brilliant!

In Years 3 to 6 the theme this year was literary monsters and pupils were encouraged to come to school dressed as a weird and wonderful character. During the morning the children participated in World Book Day themed activities with each year group focussing on a specific book:

  • Year 3: The Book that Eats People
  • Year 4: The Hobbit
  • Year 5: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Year 6: Macbeth

During Prep assembly, each year group had an opportunity to share some of the things they had been working on during the morning, including creating comic strips, writing their own patronus spells, and having a go at acting out a scene from ‘Macbeth’. There was also a costume parade, allowing all of the children to display their impressive outfits. A number of awards were presented, including ‘best dressed’ in each year group, along with the prizes for entries to the World Book Day Story Competition and the World Book Day Bake Off, where the children had been challenged to bake something based on a children’s story book or character.

Our School Caterers, Holroyd Howe, also joined in the fun, dressing up as Mr Men characters and providing us all with a delicious themed cupcake at lunchtime.

The days’ events were a wonderful way of bringing our pupils together, and encouraging them to talk about their favourite books.

World Book Day is an annual event that aims to turn millions of children into millions of readers. One of the ways in which the organisation does this is by distributing £1 World Book Day book tokens via schools and nurseries all over the country. The £1 book tokens, supplied by official sponsor National Book Tokens Ltd, can be exchanged for one of 12 specially-published £1 World Book Day books which this year included titles by Anthony Horowitz, Greg James & Chris Smith, Onjali Q Rauf and Laura Ellen Anderson. You can find out more at https://www.worldbookday.com/

Prep School | 05/03/2020