Miss Bridges as Mary Poppins for World Book Day at Sir William Robertson Academy. EMN-210603-172047001
Miss Bridges as Mary Poppins for World Book Day at Sir William Robertson Academy. EMN-210603-172047001

Photo gallery - Sleaford area children don’t miss out on World Book Day

Lockdown may have meant half of pupils are studying at home, but Sleaford area schools still found ways for everyone to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday.

There were children and staff dressing up as book characters, inspiration from authors and lots of literary activities for youngsters to get their teeth into.

William Alvey School headteacher Stephen Tapley said everyone still dressed up while Year 4 teacher Joe Adams dressed up virtually on screen.

Mr Tapley said the circumstances inspired them to do some things differently: “Mrs Irwin’s Year 6 Class at home and in school met up with our friends at the Garrison School in Lahore, Pakistan and discussed their favourite books.”

Year 5 children filmed themselves performing the witches’ spell from Macbeth. In Year 1 they had to guess the fairy tale from clues and picked a mystery object from a bag to match it to the right fairy tale.

The children had to guess the teacher mystery reader, designed book covers and bookmarks and made a persuasive presentation on their favourite book.

Earlier in the day, author and illustrator Hannah Hurley dropped off a special coronavirus children’s book.

At Ruskington’s Winchelsea primary school the children dressed up both at home and in school.

Year 3 children joined with schools from around the country via the CBBC Bitesize Learning programme to examine story themes. Children wrote out their own character descriptions and synopsis of their favourite story and designed a new book cover.

Year 1 made bookmarks and made finger puppets of their favourite characters to act out the story, while Year 2 interviewed the Big Bad Wolf to find out the real story of Little Red Riding Hood

Headteacher Helen Duckett said: “Across school we filmed a ‘Masked Reader’ with members of staff reading extracts from stories but they had strange filters added to their faces and their voices altered.”

Meanwhile, Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn entered into the spirit with a week of activities and events to boost a love of reading, led by teacher Mrs Bridges.

Mrs Costello ran a book review competition and students had the opportunity to listen to authors such as Tom Fletcher and joined in online author academy workshops for writing tips from authors.

Mrs Lawson asked students to design a bookmark using any 2D materials they desired to create something amazing. The second competition was to imagine and draw what an unseen character in a favourite book looked like.

Staff and students still dressed up as their favourite book characters. Teachers at home dressed up while they provided their online classes and the Year 7 key worker bubble dressed up at school. Students emailed their own photos from home to win a voucher.

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