School Celebrates World Book Day
Friday, 06 March 2020
World Book Day was commemorated with activities across the whole of Bolton School, from the Nursery through to the Sixth Form.
Rob Biddulph, the official illustrator for World Book Day 2020, visited the Infants at Beech House for a special afternoon assembly. Pupils dressed up for the occasion as their favourite fictional characters and had lots of fun hearing about Rob’s career as an illustrator before having a go at drawing their very own alien. The event was filmed for Granada Reports. Later in the week, a dance workshop with West End in Schools helped boys and girls to bring the story of ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ to life.
Children at Bolton School Nursery enjoyed a Book Week in the run-up to World Book Day. They enjoyed activities based on the books they have been reading, including an outdoor owl hunt for the Tweenies after listening to the story ‘Owl Babies’. On World Book Day itself, the children came to Nursery dressed in costumes such as Paddington Bear, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Zog and lots of fairytale princesses. They also brought copies of their favourite books to share with their friends.
The Nursery Class also saw children dressing as their favourite characters and bringing in those books to share. Nursery Class teacher Mrs Browning said: ‘As usual, all our families have pushed the boat out, embracing the day with gusto. We have book characters from Stickman and The Gruffalo to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Elmer to Little Red Riding Hood and the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’. They all looked amazing.’
The Junior Boys’ School organised a Shoebox Story competition: the boys were invited to decorate a shoebox to represent a book. A huge number of incredible entries were brought into school! Pupils based their creations on a broad range of books, from classics like ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Secret Garden’ to more recent novels by J K Rowling and David Walliams. A number of non-fiction titles were also created in shoebox form, including ‘Horrible Histories’ and even National Geographic magazine!
At the Junior Girls’ School, pupils came to school wearing pyjamas and comfy clothes like onesies so they could curl up with a good book throughout the day. The Book Swap proved to be a popular activity for all the girls: seeking, swapping and sharing stories promoted reading skills and pupils offered each other book recommendations and reviews. The girls made the most of many opportunities to find a quiet reading nook and indulge in their newfound finds throughout the day. World Book Day also extended into Modern Languages lessons, where pupils explored the wide variety of foreign language books available through the library.
Senior Girls made the most of the proximity between World Book Day and International Women's Day to celebrate both at once: the whole school was encouraged to dress up as their favourite female characters or female authors, or to adorn themselves with quotes: famous figures walking the halls included Frida Kahlo and Greta Thunberg. The Library hosted an intriguing literary Murder Mystery and an Inspirational Women quiz, which challenged girls to match women to their quotes displayed around school.
In the Boys’ Division, ‘Found Not Lost’ books were scattered around the school for pupils to find and take home, and boys could also search the corridors for science fiction and fantasy quotes to match with the correct book for a quiz organised by the Library. A short story was distributed in instalments to all pupils in Years 7 and 8 and these year groups were also encouraged to write mash-up microfictions in their English lessons, based on two cards featuring characters, places and creatures from sci-fi and fantasy texts. Boys also took part in the Great Book Bake Off by bringing in a delicious array of cakes and bakes impressively decorated to represent different sci-fi and fantasy novels.
A gallery of more World Book Day photos from across all areas of Bolton School is available here.
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