On Thursday, the children at the Junior School were transported into the magical world of books and stories. The classrooms were graced by the presence of such well-known and loved characters as The Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka and Zog!
In the morning, all of the children got to show off their costumes in a parade, choreographed to the specially written “World Book Day Song”. After this, there was a blissful hour of ‘Stop, Drop and Read’ completely dedicated to sharing books and stories. We read alone, we read to each other, we read aloud and we listened to stories – we were stepping over readers, they were everywhere!
The children in JK thoroughly enjoyed an exciting time with Mr Lopez while he read them stories interspersed with tales from his time in Africa. He began with one of his favourite books ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ by Julia Donaldson and then read ‘How to Hide a Lion’ by Helen Stephens. They sat through both stories transfixed
After break, the book mania continued. There were book puzzles, book art activities, book bingo, book lists, book scavenger hunts, book maths and more reading. It was wonderful to see the children talking animatedly about their favourite stories and characters.
The day ended with a different way of enjoying a book. The library was turned into a cinema and the children relaxed together on the beanbags and watched “Gansta Granny” – the film version of the book written by David Walliams.
It really was lovely to see the children so engaged in reading! May I take this opportunity to thank you all for sending your children to school in such splendid costumes.