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On Thursday 3rd March 2016, children and staff from across Heronswood Primary School and Pre-School celebrated the annual, much anticipated ‘World Book Day’.

 

Everyone was invited to engage with the books they’re reading or their favourite books by dressing up as a character of their choosing for the day. Parents and Carers had their dressmaking know-how and art skills tested to the limit! 

 

Throughout the school, there was a Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood; Wally from ‘Where’s Wally’; Alex Rider from Storm Breaker; The Scarecrow and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz; and the ever popular Harry from Harry Potter. 

 

During the school day, children were immersed in reading activities that ranged from sharing and retelling traditional tales in Pre School and Reception, designing book marks in Year 1 and 2, designing reading areas for classrooms in Year 3 and 4 and finally our Year 5 and 6 children designed and created the book sleeve for a book that is yet to be written! 

 

In the evening, children from Pre-School to Year 6 returned to school to enjoy a bedtime story, read to them by adults from the school.  As dusk fell, over 200 children from the school excitedly arrived back at school in pyjamas and dressing gowns - with their teddies and pillows - ready to snuggle down to a bedtime story, read by their teachers. The children were enthralled and captivated by the stories read to them, in the newly developed reading areas, only stirring to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate and biscuit before they went home to their parents.

 

Mrs. Y Summers said, “Reading for pleasure has an immense impact on children’s learning as it exposes them to a rich variety of language which they can then use themselves in their own writing.  We want our children to be passionate about the books they read and take pleasure in the story lines, characters and imaginary worlds created by the authors.”