World Book Day across WokinghamBy Rhodri Andrews
March 14, 2013
Schoolchildren across Wokingham celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite characters while raising money for charity.
Pupils at Maiden Erlegh School, in Earley, spent maths, English and science lessons on Thursday, March 7, investigating clues to solve the name of a book title – The Hobbit.
Teachers dressed up as characters from the book while the school library had lent out all copies of JRR Tolkien’s classic by the end of the day.
Willy Wonka and Tintin were spotted wandering around Winnersh Primary School, in Greenwood Grove, as teachers and pupils brought a book of their choice into class to talk about.
The best dressed characters from each class won a book token.
Sam Slocombe, Year Six head boy, said: “World Book Day was amazing. It was great that the teachers dressed up as well, my favourite being Mr Hill dressing up as Superman.”
Children from Emmbrook Junior School, in Emmbrook Road, explored the book ‘Journey To Jo’Burg’, acting out various scenes.
Where’s Wally? was a popular choice of fancy dress, while one pupil chose to become Queen of Hearts for the day.
Witches and fairies were on the agenda for most teachers and teaching assistants.
Elizabeth Ramsey, Year Four teacher, said: “It was excellent to see staff and children not just dressing up for World Book Day, but really engaging in it.”
At The Bulmershe School, in Woodley, the library was packed with pupils buying books as part of a charity sale.
Teachers turned up as Dr Jekyll and Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, as the secondary school, in Chequers Way, raised £142 for ReadWell, a charity which delivers books to children in hospital.
Year Seven pupils were treated to a live video stream of famous authors on the World Book Day website talking about what they love about writing and their favourite books.