Last week, 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 Zouch Academy, 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.
World Book Day has become a much-loved feature of the Zouch Academy year. The week began with a special book assembly, where all of the teaching staff brought in their favourite story to share with the whole school. The children were then given the task of finding clues to work out which book belonged to each teacher.
This was followed on Tuesday and Wednesday with the ever-popular Stories and More drama workshops, which have taken place at Zouch for the last few years. Every child in the school helped to tell stories through drama — from reception up to year 6 — and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
On Thursday, the children took part in a dance workshop, bringing some favourite stories to life, including Charlie on the Chocolate Factory. Friday, as always, was the most exciting part of the week. The day began with all of the staff lining the entrance to school dressed as their favourite book characters. The children, who were also dressed up, then spent the entire day listening to stories read by every teacher in the schools — that’s 13 story times in total!
Mr Williams, English Lead, said: “As always, World Book Week has been a highlight of the school year and a great success. The children and staff threw themselves into the activities with enthusiasm and endeavour. Best of all, Friday’s storytelling meant that every teacher got to read a favourite story to every child in the school! Thank you to the visitors throughout the week, and the parents and staff for providing such fantastic costumes. A special well done to the homemade Mr Tickle!”
Although our pupils and teachers had a lot of fun last week, 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.