A Celebration of Reading from Nursery to Sixth Form
Bolton School English

Pupils across the campus - from Nursery to the Sixth Forms - at Bolton School enjoyed a colourful and busy 2024 World Book Day.

Children in the co-educational Nursery dressed as their favourite book characters or books and teachers created a special Gruffalo corner with lots of wall decorations. Girls and boys enjoyed a range of short stories and films and some created Gruffalo face masks out of play dough. In the Infant School for 3 to 7 year olds, the day began with a fun assembly with children and staff in some wonderful costumes and saw classes delivering a Book Parade for one another. There were lots of book-themed activities during the day, including teachers reading stories to classes that were not their own.

Junior Boys had a wide remit to choose their costume from: it could have been their favourite non-fiction book all about fossils or space, a favourite poem or poet, their favourite fictional character from a story or their favourite object or theme from a story. Boys brought in a book from home to share with their class and there was a PA-run World Book Day Breakfast Club and an end of the day Cake and Book Sale. 

In the Junior Girls’ School, morning registration ‘proved difficult’ as book characters took over classrooms! Year 4 pupils provided an assembly telling the tragic tale of The Story Stealer - where a world without the wonders of books was relayed, but there was a twist and every girl was invited to finish the story, writing their ideas and conclusions on a speech bubble. The ideas were then used to create a story tree display, showing the importance of being open-minded, imaginative and creative. The celebration of reading continued with pupils bringing in their favourite book to share with their peers.

In the Boys’ Division, Form groups enjoyed quizzes and, through posters, teachers shared with pupils what they are currently reading. During the day, there was also a ‘Found Not Lost’ collection of books hidden across school for boys to find and keep. At lunch, pupils picked up a ‘reading bag’ with lots of fun activities in and there were a number of events in the library, including bookmark-making. In the Girls’ Division, there were some fabulous outfits on show as pupils enjoyed several book-themed events during the day and a variety of library activities. In both Divisions, there were book swaps and pupils were asked to bring in their ‘booked’ potato, a potato dressed as a character from a book, with prizes for the best dressed potato. Libraries also held scavenger hunts for pupils to find objects hidden around the premises and for pupils to then identify the books they relate to.

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