Yesterday was World Book Day. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day welcoming local author Anne Booth back to school in the morning and prize winning author Emer Stamp in the afternoon. The day started with Anne leading our morning assembly and talking to the children about writing. She very kindly donated several books to our school library. She talked about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and then led the children in an exercise to write both a non-fiction and fictional story based on our school librarian, Mrs Garrett.
We were also really excited to learn that Anne’s latest book has been dedicated to Mrs Garrett and that she will be naming one of the characters in her new book after Nathan in year 4, who sent her a letter about how much he had enjoyed her books last time she was here.
Anne then visited the children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and shared her picture books with them. She talked about how she gets ideas for her stories and how she has used the theme of friendship in her stories.
In the afternoon children in years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 were treated to a fun presentation by award winning author, Emer Stamp. She talked about her series of books, Diary of Pig, and talked about her inspiration for these stories. She showed the children how to draw pig and then stayed to sign copies of her books.
We also celebrated World Book Day on Wednesday when the acclaimed children’s author, Lisa Thompson, visited us. She led an assembly for years 5 and 6 in the morning and then went to their classrooms to talk to them about the inspiration for writing and her life as an author. She was really engaging, friendly and encouraging and gave the children plenty to think about when writing their own stories.
The children in these classes have been reading her book, The Light Jar, and as well as meeting Lisa they also spent part of the day making their own light jars. The day ended with children having the opportunity to buy a signed copy of one of Lisa’s books. The children all thoroughly enjoyed these visits and have been inspired to use some of the ideas in their own writing.
Book Day, however, is not just about meeting authors and sharing stories it’s also about dressing up! This year we saw some amazing costumes being worn by the children and a winner was chosen from each year group for the best homemade outfit. The winners were:
Nursery: Fatima Reception: Palash (Honeybees) Year 1: Talliah (Squirrels) Year 2: Willow (Squirrels) Year 3: David (Koalas) Year 4: Amie (Tiger Class) Year 5: Jack (Badger Class) Year 6: Payton (Zebras)
They were all awarded with their book voucher prizes in our assembly today.
World Book Day is also about book ownership and with this in mind we held one of our twice yearly bargain book sales on Wednesday. All books were £1 or £2 and we had a very good response from parents. Thank you to everyone who came along to buy books for their children. We hope they enjoy them! A further opportunity for children to own a new book for World Book Day is through the free £1 book voucher that is given to every school child on this day. Your child will be bringing home their book voucher today and this can be used as part payment for a book of their choice or can be exchanged for one of the special £1 World Book Day books. There are some great titles available this year and we hope that every child at St John’s has the pleasure of owning a new book as part of the celebrations!
Thank you for all your support with our World Book Day activities this week!