Pupils join children from across the country to attend school dressed as their favourite book character
The annual celebration is marked by over 100 countries and seeks to develop in children and young people a lifelong love of books and shared reading. At Goresbrook School, giving pupils the opportunity to take part in fun and educational initiatives like this is a key part of how staff strive to deliver an Education with Character. This means, alongside building firm foundations for pupils’ learning, finding ways to spark their curiosity and bring their learning to life.
Pupils and staff arrived at school dressed as their favourite book character, with standout costumes including a hobbit and a wolf. The highlight of the day for pupils was receiving a special visit from Maisie Chan, author of the successful ‘Tiger Warrior’ series and ‘Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths’. Maisie led the children in a creative workshop where they learnt how to make a comic book and got the chance to ask a range of questions about the different characters and plots within the author’s action-adventure books.
In the lead up to World Book Day, children also took part in three exciting competitions inspired by reading. Firstly, as part of a whole-school bookmark competition, pupils were challenged to come up with an idea for and design their own bookmark. Entries included a bookmark based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Karla in Year 6 and on ‘The Highway Rat’ by Max in Year 4. The winning creation is set to be published for children across the school to enjoy.
Pupils also strengthened their artistic skills in a shoebox design challenge, where they were asked to create a scene from their favourite story inside a shoebox. Myah in Year 5 used her shoebox to depict a dance competition scene from ‘Gangsta Granny’ and Adam in Year 4 showcased the home life of Horrid Henry. From the array of inventive concepts, staff now have the difficult task of selecting three winners who will see their shoe boxes displayed in the school library.
The third competition enjoyed by pupils was a unique cooking competition, where they were encouraged to cook or bake foods, under the supervision of an adult, inspired by their chosen books. This included ‘Coraline’ iced cupcakes and ‘Harry Potter’ popcorn and breadstick wands.
Daniel, a pupil in Year 5 at Goresbrook School, said:
“I really enjoyed creating my shoebox! It was inspired by the third ‘Harry Potter’ book when the Dementors paid a visit to Harry and Sirius Black.”
Emily Perryman, Principal of the primary phase at Goresbrook School said:
“It has been fantastic to see pupils across the school engage so wholeheartedly in our World Book Day celebrations. Our children were particularly delighted to welcome Maisie Chan to school today and were inspired by the unique and interactive workshop she delivered. We are looking forward to building on all that our pupils have learnt and enjoyed this week and continuing to give them opportunities where they can develop their creativity, confidence and love for reading.”