Wokingham schools go wild for World Book DayBy Sally Bryant
March 09, 2012
The whole of Wokingham district went wild for words last Thursday to mark World Book Day.
There were princesses a-plenty at a nursery, a novel race around one school and a severe outbreak of Wallys at another.
Children at the White House School in Finchampstead Road, Wokingham (pictured on the front), were hooked on verse with a poet-tree, with leaves filled with their favourite poems, in the library.
Headteacher Sarah Gillam said: “The whole school has been thrown into a buzz of activity, celebrating the world of books and poetry.
“We welcomed Elizabeth McDonald from Wokingham Library, the children dressed up as their favourite character, designed and wrote their own books and we were delighted that author Kathy Martin came and spoke to the children on Friday.”
Stories took over assembly at Emmbrook Junior School, when pupils gathered round to hear teachers read extracts from their favourites.
The children had a confusing day at Bearwood Primary School in Sindlesham as the entire staff, including guide dog Watson, dressed in identical Where’s Wally outfits.
A sale from Chapter One bookshop in Woodley rounded off the fun.
Parents bought gifts for the school’s newly-refurbished Wigley Library and each will be marked with a bookplate giving the donor’s name.
It was dress-up day at Gorse Ride Infant and Nursery School in Finchampstead as well.
Characters including Harry Potter, Buzz Lightyear, junior wizard Oliver Moon and a classic Jemima Puddleduck turned up for class.
More than 30 tots aged from three months to five years became the cutest characters at Merrydale Day Nursery at Broad Oak House in Coppid Beech Hill.
Nursery manager Hannah Cooper, or Princess Jasmine, said: “We had lots of different princesses, Rapunzel, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, dragons, Little Red Riding Hood and Fireman Sam.
“We did this last year as well and everyone was so excited this morning – they have been talking about who they were going to be all week.”
And Bulmershe School in Woodley showed everyone it’s not just little ones who can have World Book Day fun.
Year Seven pupils took part in the Education Library Service’s Berkshire Book Festival quiz.
Others had to write an adventure story in 50 words for the ‘Mini Sagas’ national competition.
A quiet 20 minutes came when the whole school answered the nationwide D.E.A.R. call to Drop Everything And Read.
All years threw themselves into an ‘Eighty Books Around the World’ competition and Annemarie Davies, Key Stage Three English co-ordinator, said all years got “very competitive”.
Eighty members of staff wore stickers with the name of a country, a relevant book and its author, such as ‘Sweden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson’.
The challenge was for pupils to collect all the information.