Schools across Shaw Education Trust celebrated World Book Day (WBD) with innovative activities to encourage a love of reading.
Seabridge Primary utilised their involvement with the Royal Shakespeare Company to hold their own Lord Capulet's Ball.
Sandra Mitchell, Headteacher of the Newcastle-under-Lyme school, explained: “It was lovely seeing staff and pupils arrive dressed ready for a party. We each spent some time decorating and embellishing masks in readiness for the ball – great fun.”
In keeping with the Shakespeare theme, Seabridge staff members also performed a rendition of Romeo and Juliet which was greatly enjoyed by pupils and parents alike.
Meanwhile, Kidsgrove Primary hosted a ‘Share a Story’ day where pupils spent time in their class groups sharing their favourite stories together.
Commenting on the Trust’s World Book Day celebrations, Julie Yarwood, Director of Education Quality, Standards and Training at the Trust, said: “It is wonderful to see our pupils developing a love of reading.
“The learning and enjoyment derived from this life-long skill cannot be underestimated.”
Encouraging reading amongst older students, Newfriars College held a space-themed day based around ‘The Great Rocket Robbery’, a book being widely promoted during WBD events.
Students at the special academy enjoyed working in groups to create rocket-like cakes, while a space-themed poetry competition was also held, with the winning entry blowing judges ‘out of this world’.
Rob Millington, Principal of Newfriars College, said: “Our students embraced the day wonderfully. It was great to see them putting so much thought into the activities – there were some truly fantastic entries.”
Our northern-based schools have also been celebrating WBD.
At Castlebrook High School, pupils completed a special literacy themed quiz during form time and shared in reading passages at the beginning of each lesson. To add to the literacy fun, a treasure hunt was also hosted where pupils used clues to find characters from 20 different books around the school.
As well as in-school activities, all pupils received a book token to give them access to a free book to further encourage reading at home.