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DRET Schools Celebrate World Book Day

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  • 7th Mar 2022 15:34

DRET Schools Celebrate World Book Day

3 March 2022 - Schools across the David Ross Education Trust celebrated World Book Day today in an extravaganza filled with exciting stories, creative costumes, book sales and whole-school competitions. 


Pupils from Northampton to Hull came to school today dressed ready to read and participate in an array of literary-themed events. 


Pupils at Cedar Road Primary Academy in Northampton came to school today dressed up as a word, finding creative ways to express their favourite adjectives. 


Pupils at Briar Hill Primary Academy were all dressed up for World Book Day today with a focus on home-made costumes. All day each class took part in activities associated with great books, including concocting their own medicines from George's Marvellous Medicine and designing and making sweet treats inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 


Pupils at Eastfield Academy in Northampton came to school ready for a bedtime story in their pyjamas. Throughout the week, pupils have heard from mystery masked staff members reading their favourite stories and have been challenged to guess the masked reader, building excitement in the lead up to today’s celebrations. EYFS and KS1 spent today investigating a mystery crime scene, finding clues and evidence to see which of their favourite fictional characters has committed the crime. KS2 got creative writing their own comic books based on either traditional tales or superheroes which they will then share with the rest of the school. All pupils at Eastfield were also given a selection of stories they can listen to at the end of the day to round off a full day of literary magic! 


Abbey CE Academy in Daventry marked World Book Day through a series of exciting bookish events. Pupils came to school dressed as their favourite book character and participated in a series of exciting activities during a group reading session. A librarian also visited Abbey to speak to the children about the local library and bring in the library cards. To ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to get their own library card if they don’t already, staff also sent out forms to all pupils to register with the local library. Finally, several Year 4 pupils organised and ran their very own book sale with books donated from across the school. The money raised will go towards new equipment for Abbey’s playing fields. 


Tricia Robertson, Principal of The Abbey CE Academy, said: 

“It is a joy to see our pupils celebrating World Book Day. The most important skill any child can leave primary school with is the ability to read independently, but at the Abbey, we take it a step further. We want to enthuse our pupils with a love of reading so they become happy, confident lifelong learners. Our focus on literacy is something that extends to every day of the school year.”


The Arbours Primary Academy in Northampton invited pupils to come into school ‘ready to read’, either in costume, pyjamas or comfy clothing. The emphasis for the day was on inspiring pupils to read for pleasure, with different classes dedicating time to discuss their favourite books and authors. 


Angela Watts, Principal of The Arbours Primary Academy, said:

“At The Arbours Primary Academy we invited our staff and children to dress 'Ready to Read' for this World Book Day. We have a whole school focus on promoting a love of reading and have used this day to immerse our children in high-quality texts from well-known authors of both fiction and non-fiction books. While we ensure that every child makes progress in their learning every day, we are driven to support children in finding enjoyment from books from an early age.  As well as encouraging a love of reading, we will also be teaching children about the rights of a reader and promoting reading for pleasure as a strategy to maintain good mental wellbeing.” 


At Kings Heath Primary Academy in Northampton, the theme of World Book Day is #youareareader, inspiring everyone in the school community to get reading. Pupils have been invited to choose their favourite book to share with the class, and have designed various artistic and musical activities that are inspired by the story. Pupils are also getting involved in story swaps, where someone else in the class reads their story to the class. The aim of this is to help pupils see everyone as a reader. In a whole-school event, Kings Heath has also organised a ‘Characters Quiz’ at lunchtime which will be an inter-class quiz based on some of the stories that all children know and love. The class with the most character knowledge will be crowned the winners.


Pupils at Cedar Road Primary Academy in Northampton came to school today dressed up as a word, finding creative ways to express their favourite adjectives. 


At Falconer’s Hill Primary Academy in Daventry, pupils also came to school dressed up as their favourite characters from books. During their lessons today they will be learning about Roald Dahl, having fun completing various activities linked to his books including creating a piece of art and spending time reading. Children will also be asked to write their very own review of a book or chapter of a book of their choice. 


In the lead up to World Book Day, Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy in Scarborough has released videos to each class of a masked reader every day this week to create a buzz around the school. Children have loved guessing which of their teachers is hiding behind the mask and hearing the stories they have chosen. Today, children were encouraged to dress up as their favourite story character and each class has chosen an author to focus on for the day. Older children in school got the chance to share some of their favourite stories with younger pupils in the school library complete with milk, biscuits, and lots of cosy blankets to create the ultimate reading environment. The staff also got involved in dressing up, with this year’s theme being 'Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'. From Willy Wonka costumes to Charlie Bucket outfits, staff rose to the occasion. 


Chloe Webster, Principal of Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy, said: 

“Our aim is to instil a love of reading among all our children at Thomas Hinderwell and build on our school's reading culture, putting reading at the heart of everything we do.” 


Ainthorpe Primary Academy in Hull marks World Book Day each year with the aim of celebrating authors, illustrators, books and a collective love of reading. This year, the school planned their biggest celebrations yet with a whole series of events across the school. There were numerous activities for pupils to get involved with and special competitions offering the chance to win books. The day began with a ‘Booky Breakfast’, where children and  family members came in to share a book in the morning whilst enjoying some toast and a nice hot chocolate. Students and staff came to school dressed as monsters and teachers in costumes linked to the school’s 'Book of the Day', which is 10 Delicious Teacher. Alternatively, children were invited to come in dressed as their favourite character from their favourite book. Book prizes were also given to the pupils with the best costumes. At lunchtime children were served a choice of food linked to some of their favourite books - they could choose from 'Roasted Fox' from The Gruffalo (carvery) with Supertato's roast potatoes. For pudding, pupils had either The Hungry Caterpillars fruit salad, Charlie's chocolate cake or Monster Biscuits from Ten Delicious Teachers. 

All children across the school also took part in the Hull SLS Library Service Competition to design their very own monster. If chosen as a winner by Hull SLS, a professional artist will recreate the image and it will be presented to them in a ceremony. Ainthorpe is also hosting the same competition internally, and their winning monsters will each get to choose a book as their grand prize.