Staffordshire University Academies Trust is delighted to see that the schools in the Trust recently celebrated World Book Day! In many settings, children were invited to dress up as one of their favourite characters from their favourite book. We are proud to see such creativity across our MAT.
World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe! The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading. We hope that the pupils and students in SUAT academies had a thoroughly enjoyable day, as a great opportunity to recognise and develop a love of reading.
World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure and encourages work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries because spending time reading and sharing stories with children can make a real difference to their progress and future success.
We would like to share some of the many stories from the academies in our Trust!
All Saints Denstone
At All Saints Academy, everyone came dressed up as their favourite characters and we began the day with a costume parade around the playground. Our theme was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and our activities were all based around this book. The children made Cheshire cat masks, playing card soldiers, mad hatter hats and pocket watches! The Year 4 classroom became an Alice-themed escape room and we all made sure to make plenty of time to share and read our favourite books.
Yesterday the whole school enjoyed a ‘dance’ experience based on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and we have had another truly amazing day today dressed in our ‘Alice in Wonderland’ costumes. We were VERY impressed by all the amazing effort that has gone in to creating the costumes. It has really enhanced our story telling day. We have had parades, baking, drawing lessons, inference from images, drama and even play script writing. The day has been loved by all
The theme at St Peter’s Academy for World Book Day was the environment. We read a story called ‘Giant’ which was all about looking after the world around us. We thought about what we could do to protect our planet. We loved making and wearing our hats made from recycled materials.
To celebrate World Book Day the children of Tynsel Parkes C.E.Primary Academy enjoyed a fun-packed day. Each class focused on a different book and their class activities followed this theme. As well as sharing stories, the children wrote about their favourite book character, created illustrations in the style of the book, took part in a book quiz and looked at the language used by the author. Our younger pupils took part in lots of different art and craft activities and re-created the story in their own way.
The children then enjoyed a themed lunch made by our talented cooks and took part in a range of outdoor and indoor activities. We then all came together as a school for worship and each class proudly showcased their amazing book character costumes and spoke about their class book to the rest of the school. We finished the day with the World Book Day book tokens which we encouraged children to use and put towards a book of their choice. It was another fabulous day at Tynsel.