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 Shaw 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 turned World Book Day into Share a Story Day. Each class shared their current class book in a special assembly, with year 1 even acting out their story. This made pupils look forward to the book they would be reading when they progressed to the next year group.
As a school, we were also delighted to open a very special letter from David Walliams:
One of the joys of reading is discovering a new book, and we were fortunate enough to do that thanks to an extremely generous donation from local author Jackie Morris. Her book The Lost Words describes a world where several words relating to the natural world have been removed from children’s dictionaries. It uses engaging text and stunning imagery to celebrate these words and is a truly amazing book. Everyone at the school would like to thank Jackie for her generosity.
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.
Simon White, Principal, said: “We wanted to ensure that the focus of our World Book Day activities was truly about books and reading, rather than costumes and dressing up. The excitement and passion shown by the children who shared their class books shows that books and reading have a very special place in the life of our school.”