THERE was World Book Day at Camelsdale and Fernhurst Primary Schools from books at breakfast to grabbing some quiet time in the boot of a car for a read.
A day was not long enough for Camelsdale pupils to do all they wanted with books, so they took a week. They started with ‘Books at Breakfast’ when all the children were allowed toast or croissant while they read their books in the class rooms.
A Book Fair after school enabled them to buy books at the same time as raising funds for the school which go towards buying more books.
Author Antony Lishak gave a presentation to the infants and the juniors, which turned out to be hilarious occasions. He also signed his books for them.
There was a special story time with Year 1 when their grandparents came into school to read their own favourite books to the children.
Character day proved as popular as ever.
Harry Potter prowled the school in a mass of shapes and sizes as not only children but the teaching assistants dressed up too. Pirates, James Bond, Jedi, Willy Wonka and Winnie the Witch all joined Harry.
The piece de resistance for the week was the production of books in a joint venture with Year 6 pupils working with those in reception.
On Friday afternoons for half the term the older children had to find a story from the very young and then type it up so that it could be illustrated on every page.
The stories were not very long but very original, including Batman, monkeys, Dr Who, flying rabbits and dragons.
All the books were printed and published and the children now have their very own work.
At Fernhurst Primary School Winnie the Witch, The Gruffalo and other beloved book characters took over the Year 1 class.
The Cat in the Hat (Carol Schofield) was their teacher as the entire school celebrated World Book Day with fancy dress, reading activities and games involving all the pupils.
The Fernhurst children also took part in a competition to see who could read in the most bizarre place. Three winners were chosen from over 50 entries. They were Olive Keeley, Year 1 who read in the shower, Laurence Shipway who read Biggles in the bath and Emily Jones who fitted herself into the boot of her family’s new car to get some peace and quiet. The children all won book tokens which they will be spending at their book fair.
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