Letham Primary School have been taking advantage of every opportunity to promote reading for pleasure for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. The 20th anniversary of World Book Day was the ideal opportunity to raise the profile of reading in school and celebrate it! We took part in a variety of exciting book-related activities.
The excitement for World Book Day began on Monday 27 February, when pupils from P5, 6 and 7 attended the Biggest Book Show on Earth at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Pupils were inspired by lots of authors, including Sir Chris Hoy!
Children in the school and nursery were invited to come to school in their pyjamas or dressed as their favourite book character. They also brought in their favourite book from home and a teddy bear. All staff dressed up too, much to the amusement of the pupils – it’s not every day your Head Teacher comes dressed in her pyjamas!
The day began with a conga of excited children (all dressed to impress) dancing around the school corridors before gathering excitedly in the hall for a rendition of Michael Rosen’s ‘Eddie and the Birthday’. The scene was set for a brilliant World Book Day.
When children returned to their classes they participated in a range of World Book Day-inspired teaching and learning activities including:
- Drawing favourite books and characters
- Designing new book covers
- Producing pictograms of favourite fairy tale characters in P1 (a showcase activity following a ‘Fairy Land’ project)
- Paired reading where the P6 pupils shared stories with their P2 buddies
- Writing ‘emoji’ stories about favourite books in P5
- Devising tweets to send to favourite authors in P5
One of our classrooms was transformed into a ‘Jackanory’ style reading area complete with soft toys, blankets, cushions and cosy furniture. In this literacy-rich environment, our pupils enjoyed their Big Bedtime story.
Pupils who attend our weekly reading club called ‘Letham Super Readers’ led an interactive storytelling session with our morning nursery children. The nursery boys and girls really enjoyed joining in with the actions from the story.
Some pupils from the P4 class had a special visit to Waterstones in Livingston, where they collected their World Book Day books. They received VIP treatment from Oli the manager and made a wish list of new books for our school library before getting treated to hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows of course) and completing World Book Day activities at a specially reserved table.
The day ended with our ‘Big Bedtime Story’. Pupils from nursery to P3 (accompanied by their teddy bears) really enjoyed the story ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ before having their hot chocolate and cookies. Pupils from P4 – P7 were next for their ‘Big Bedtime Story’, theirs being Oliver Jeffers's ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’.
It was an absolutely super day with all children going home with their World Book Day books, smiles (and hot chocolate smudges) on their faces and lots of stories to share with their parents and carers at home. Pupils definitely had more book titles to add to their First Minister’s Reading Challenge passports!
World Book Day 2017 was a huge success and pupils are looking forward to more fabulous book-related activities soon.