CHILDREN got the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character for this year’s World Book Day.
Celebrated last Thursday, March 1, primary school children came dressed as everything from Postman Pat to Harry Potter and took part in storytelling activities in class.
At Jacksdale Primary, parents were invited to read to the children, who were then given tasks such as re-writing the ending of the book, designing a wanted poster for a villain or listing interesting facts.
Teacher Joy Patton said: “We thought it would be good to encourage parents to get involved in reading. The kids loved the dressing up – we had lots of Where’s Wallys!”
Other schools joining in the fun were Brookhill Leys Primary in Eastwood, Hollywell Primary in Kimberley and the Priory Catholic Volunteer Academy in Eastwood.
At Brookhill Leys kids made hats related to book characters and a prize was awarded for the best one.
At Priory prizes were awarded in an assembly for the best fancy dress and there was a cake sale run by the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association.
The school was also celebrating the fact that it had become an academy on the same day.
Headteacher Anthony Harrison said: “World Book Day will help the children remember what they did at school at the time the school turned into an academy and what they did to mark such an important event in the school’s history.”
In Kimberley, the kids were given a book quiz and author Micheal Cox came in to tell them all about his books and where he got his ideas from.
Headteacher at Hollywell Primary School Denise Pilkington said: “The kids loved it. They loved dressing up. We took different genres, Some did horror and fantasy, some did fairytales and some did historical.”
Children and staff of Discovery Day Nursery in Giltbrook also had great fun sharing their stories and by dressing up as their favourite book characters for the day.