This Thursday, along with children in more than 100 different countries around the world, we’re celebrating the 23rd annual World Book Day!
Books are a key part of everyone’s education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books risk being marginalised. At Zouch Academy, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and discover new worlds. That's why we celebrate World Book Day throughout the entire week!
Our World Book 'Week' is always a main event in the annual calendar and the children always look forward to it greatly. The week began with a special book assembly where Mr Williams shared his love of reading and some of his own favourite books from home. Through the week, the children then took part in a range of fantastic book and story events. All of the children throughout the school participated in a special dance workshop based on Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile. This event was greatly enjoyed and gave the children a fabulous opportunity to explore a book in physical form. The children then took part in a Stories and More workshop - visitors who have been coming in for our book week for a number of years. As always, the children loved bringing stories to life through drama.
The culmination of the week was on Friday when the children dressed up as their favourite book characters and were greeted on the gate by their teachers (also dressed up!). Throughout the day, the children listened to 14 different stories - one from every single teacher - and they loved this event! Prizes were also given out in assembly for our 500 Word Story competition.
Developing a passion for reading opens up a world of endless possibilities to our children. Every different book is unique and there are books to suit and challenge everyone. Whether a six-year-old wants to know more about their favourite dinosaur or a 15-year-old wants to get lost in a story of adventure, there is always a book that is perfect for them.
Our celebrations promote the underlying message that reading is not only important for learning, but is also a hugely enriching hobby. 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 encourage all our pupils to catch on to the reading bug.