Alderley schools celebrate World Book Day

Children in Alderley Edge celebrated World Book Day in style on Thursday, 7th March with many dressing up as their favourite characters.

At Alderley Edge Community Primary School both children and staff dressed up as toys for World Book Day. Visiting author, Mark Powers, launched the day by reading the opening chapter of his book 'Spy Toys' and then the children participated in writing workshops with Mark and had fun activities based around the theme. There was also a book fair in the school hall, a competition to read books in the most unusual places and a book signing to end the day.

Charlie in Year 2 said, "World Book Day is great fun. I love dressing up and all the lessons are really fun. Working with Mr Powers on improving our writing taught me a lot about how to be an author and gave us ideas to use in our own stories."

Miss Platt, Interim Deputy Head and English lead said, "In today's world of technology it is ever more important to raise the profile of books and stories. Reading is a fantastic way to develop imaginations and improve vocabulary and language acquisition. World Book Day is just one way of celebrating the world of books."

Mrs Langford, Head Teacher at The Ryleys said "The children have thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day and have taken part in a number of book themed activities including designing book tokens, writing about their favourite books and enjoying a delicious World Book Day themed lunch.

"They also took part in a Mr Potato Head book character competition and dressed up as their favourite book characters. It's been lovely to see the children be so enthusiastic about their reading and engaging with many different types of reading material."

Alderley Edge School for Girls' theme for World Book Day in the Junior School this year was the books of Oliver Jeffers. Children and staff alike dressed as crayons from 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and Year 4 wrote letters of apology from Duncan in this book to all the crayons. They also enjoyed investigating Red Crayon's journey around the world and created art work based on an imaginary visit to Mount Everest.

Reception to Year 2 worked with 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers and Years 3 to 6 worked with 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. Year 2 then looked at Oliver Jeffers stories in class with the main focus on 'How to Catch a Star', linking to a book-based dance workshop. which was enjoyed by all classes and funded by the PFA. They made their own story maps and wrote instructions for 'How to Catch a Star'. Reception also read 'How to catch a star' and made their own stars with odd and even numbers on.

Year 3 worked with 'The Hueys in the New Jumper' by Oliver Jeffers and the girls created a Huey character of their own, celebrating our differences in clothing, character and beyond.

Whilst Year 5 worked with 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' in class, creating their own imaginary characters to add to the book, and Year 6 held a Big Up Books where they 'bigged up' the books they were reading to each other. Michael Morpurgo is a particularly popular author for the current Year 6! 

Ms Howard, Head of the Junior School said: "It was fantastic to see the whole Junior School come together this World Book Day as one large box of crayons! It was a delight to see all girls enjoying a day full of literacy and fun. It's always bright and colourful in our Junior School – but today even more so!"

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