World Book Day returns next week and despite many pupils learning remotely, the Primary and Senior phases are working hard to ensure that the wonderful world of books can still be celebrated on Thursday 4th March.

In our Primary Phase, staff are running a competition to design a potato book character, with entries welcomed until Thursday 11th March. Pupils both at home and in school will also be set some exciting tasks during the day that require them to read, investigate and answer questions on set texts and their year group’s allocated author. All teachers will run a ‘live read’ from 1-1.15pm on Thursday 4th March from the year group’s author and pupils are also invited to follow the event’s theme for this year, ‘pyjamarama’ and are actively encouraged to wear pyjamas all day. There are also a range of free ebooks, video clips from authors reading stories and a full library on the Scholastic website that parents/carers are encouraged to access with their children. Further links will be shared on Google Classroom.

In our Senior Phase, Mrs Dewhurst (Senior School Librarian) has been planning a full day of book celebrations that can be accessed from home or from school, for those learners who are learning remotely or who are attending school as vulnerable and critical worker children.

On the day, Mrs Dewhurst will take to Google Classroom, with the support of the English Faculty, and share podcasts from authors who have recorded episodes just for World Book Day and launch eBooks for pupils to access. Also launching on the 4th March is the Carnegie Book Award, a major component of the Library’s annual activities. As the day also falls within National Careers Week, a book has been produced that celebrates careers across the UK which can be viewed here. The English Department are also running a ‘Masked Reader’ and ‘shelfie’ competition for pupils and students both at home and in school.

Pupils are encouraged to access their World Book Day tokens by clicking the links below and paper copies will be given to those pupils currently in school during the closure.

Instructions on how to use the tokens are on the PDFs above.

As always, we encourage parents/carers to send in photos and videos of their child’s participation in World Book Day and we ask you to please send these to your child’s class or form teacher.