On Friday, Swans Primary School celebrated World Book Day (also known as the International Day of the Book). It is an annual event intended to promote reading amongst children.
Our Primary School students were invited to dress up as literary characters and to share their favourite books with their friends. A huge thank you to all of the mummies and daddies who supported the event by making some truly fantastic costumes, including:
Elmer the Elephant
Thing 1 and Thing 2
Little Red Riding Hood
Alice and the White Rabbit
All of the classrooms were alive with energy and positivity as we read extracts from a wide variety of books – travelling through different continents, meeting new people, and experiencing things beyond our own imaginations. Year 4 listened to the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ read by Shaun, from Year 11. Year 3, 4 and 5 took part in a fun Kahoot where they had to guess the book from a small part of the front cover, name characters from stories, and identify the authors of a selection of books. In some of the Spanish classes, the children made their own books. We also listened to a song about the importance of reading.
We were delighted by how much our children enjoyed the day.
World Book Day founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck, said of the first World Book Day that took place in 1997, “We wanted to do something to reposition reading, and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.”
The ability to read became especially important last year during the months of lockdown and limited activity. Books proved to be powerful tools – both for learning and for creative enjoyment – when we were unable to be inside school and with our friends.
English has always been, and continues to be, a top priority at Swans School. We know that reading develops vocabulary, improves concentration and can be a wonderful source of quality family time.
Remember! Reading in any form is great and digital devices give instant access to a whole range of wonderful titles. However, iPads and tablets also provide many distractions and are not recommended for relaxing bedtime reading. Paper books or dedicated e-readers, such as Kindles, are distraction-free and come without the blue light that hampers relaxation, so access to these is preferred.