VIDEO: Colourful characters mark World Book Day

  • Special activities encourage love of reading
  • Pupils dress up as favourite book characters
  • Author visits and poetry reading sessions enhance learning

SCHOOL staff and pupils across the area marked World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite character.

Children were involved in a variety of special activities on Thursday and Friday, all related to books and reading.

At the end of the day, the year six pupils held a book sale and made £90

Bella Bolton, deputy head, Eastbrook Primary Academy

At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, in Sullington Way, Shoreham, there was a host of colourful characters and even a horse.

Liz Matthews, the head teacher’s PA, said: “As always, the children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters and had a lovely day in school.

“In their classes, they did various activities, which included sharing their favourite book, talking about the character they were dressed as, a fashion parade, learning about and researching different authors and writing reviews of their favourite books.”

Over in Southwick, children at Eastbrook Primary Academy were involved in activities all week, including a visit from author Miriam Moss (see page 9).

Bella Bolton, deputy head, said pupils were asked to dress up as a book character on Thursday, with prizes for the best in each year group.

“At the end of the day, the year six pupils held a book sale and made £90,” she added.

Creative writer Tess Jolly visited the school to work on poetry with the key stage two children, in conjunction with Shoreham Wordfest.

A winner was chosen in each year group and prizes were presented during a celebration assembly on Friday, when Wordfest representatives visited the school.

Meanwhile, Glebe Primary School looked like a scene from Where’s Wally?, the popular children’s book.

The Where’s Wally? theme was chosen to celebrate this year’s World Book Day at the school and everyone was invited to dress up in the distinctive ‘uniform’ of the main character.

The whole-school assembly on Friday was a sea of red and white, as children and staff donned bobble hats and black glasses in a bid to be Wally.

Teaching staff shared a collection of their favourite books through a combination of reading and acting, much to the delight of the bespectacled children.

Head teacher Jo Kelly said: “This has been my first World Book Day at Glebe and it has just been so special. Everyone has entered in to the spirit of the day – even the office staff were dressed up as Wallies. It has been so much fun.”

The day was packed full of book-related activities, including ‘reading buddies’, pairing older children with younger ones to share and enjoy books together, and an opportunity for parents to come in to read with the children.

Organiser Jake Terrill, one of the literacy team, said: “The whole event has been a great success and it is just so good in this age of computer games to see how much children still love their books.”