City youngsters celebrate World Book Day

Pupils at Broughton Fields Primary School dressed as book characters for World Book Day
Pupils at Broughton Fields Primary School dressed as book characters for World Book Day

SCHOOLS around the city celebrated {|World Book Day} last Thursday.

Among the children enjoying the day were pupils at Broughton Fields Primary School, Greenleys First School, Stoke Goldington CE First School and The Webber Independent School.

Rob Badcock at The Webber Independent School

Rob Badcock at The Webber Independent School

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. This is the 15th year there has been a World Book Day, and on March 1 children of all ages came together to appreciate reading.

The Webber Independent School, based in Soskin Drive, Stantonbury Fields, celebrated World Book Day with a visit from Milton Keynes’ very own author Rob Badcock.

The children were treated to a reading from Rob’s first novel entitled Big Frog – a fictional story based on futuristic adventures in and around Milton Keynes, before a short Q&A session and book signing.

Principal Sue Vig, said: “World Book Day is a favourite of ours.

Children at Greenleys School

Children at Greenleys School

“The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading, they were absolutely enthralled by Big Frog, a big thank you to Rob for taking the time to come and share his wonderful book with us.”

The children and staff at Greenleys First School, based in Ardwell Lane, Greenleys celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as a favourite character from a story book or rhyme.

Parents and carers were invited to join in by reading with the children in school, and visitors read stories to different groups of children.

The event was organised by Literacy Co-ordinator Nicole Miller.

She said: ”We are delighted with the huge effort all the children and adults made to dress up.

“We’ve had a super day and the children have enjoyed our reading activities.”

The youngsters of Broughton Fields Primary School also got involved in the day.

Pupils dressed as book characters to celebrate the joy of reading.

The ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’ was also streamed to schools across the city live from London’s Southbank, where authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell, Derek Landy and Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson appeared.

And a World Book Day inspired treasure trove of book-related activities took centre stage at Stoke Goldington CE First School throughout last week.

First off, the Foundation Stage Busy Bees and the Learning Ladybirds across Years 1 and 2 each brought in a book from home for a ‘book swap’ with their classmates.

During the rest of the week, parents were invited into school to share a story with their child. Several mums and dads enjoyed taking time out to enjoy a book with the children.

Finally, the Learning Ladybirds enjoyed a fantastic trip at the end of the week to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury. The children are currently studying some of Roald Dahl’s most well-known books and have enjoyed creating their own ‘Twits’ characters in class. The Gallery was packed with hands-on, interactive fun and the children were able to see the Twits’ upside down room, discover minibeasts inside a giant peach and crawl along Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Tunnel.