Last Thursday, our teachers and pupils had a great time celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities took place, with pupils being encouraged to explore the thrill and emotion that reading inspires.
The use of books has long been a crucial part of education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books are being marginalised. At St Mary & All Saints CE Primary School, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and express their creativity, and World Book Day was a great opportunity for us to help our pupils understand what reading has to offer.
This year, we celebrated World Book Day by sharing stories. Older year groups visited the classes of younger pupils and shared stories with them, while teachers also swapped classes to read stories. The children were dressed up as much-loved book characters on the day and shared their favourite stories with their class. Children were rewarded for their efforts, with books being given as prizes for winners in a variety of categories, and more than £200 was raised for the school.
Mrs Shaw, Year 4 Teacher, said: “The day was a huge success and I am sure that children walked away feeling inspired and motivated to read more!”
Although our pupils and teachers had a lot of fun last Thursday, all of our activities had an underlying message — reading is important. Helping pupils become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to have ignited a lifelong passion for reading within our pupils.