Down the rabbit hole and under the water
Children push the boundaries for World Book Day
PUPILS and staff at St Helen’s College primary school had a colourful and educational time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday last week.
Pupils dressed as characters from the classics, as well as plenty of characters from books such as Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. There was even a female Hamlet.
Several of the children from Years 2 to 6 stood up in assembly on Thursday last week and spoke as their characters, including Hamlet delivering some of the famous ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ soliloquy.
Visiting author Marcia Williams ran workshops with children throughout the school, and Oak Farm Library visited the nursery.
As well as assemblies there was an ‘Extreme Reading’ photo competition, for which pupils had to send in pictures of themselves reading in extreme places. The children sent photographs of themselves reading in trees, in museums, while on pogo sticks, while washing up and many more. One of the most amazing was the photograph of Jasmine, from Year 2, reading underwater.
Some classes enjoyed a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, during which they promoted books which they had read and enjoyed, and catering staff themed the lunch time service around Alice in Wonderland too, with ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ signs and colourful cupcakes on offer for dessert, served by The White Rabbit.
Year 6 even participated in a game of croquet during their PE lesson to extend the Alice in Wonderland theme.
A superb day was had by everyone at the school in Parkway, Hillingdon, with pupils benefitting from discussing the stories they and their friends love.
The children also brought in secondhand books for a huge schoolwide book swap.
Mrs Savage, English coordinator, said: “We love World Book Day and enjoy taking the opportunity to stretch the children’s imaginations even further, introducing them to books bringing their learning to life with costumes, assemblies and workshops.”
n IN A WONDERLAND: Nursery pupils Jasmine, Saanya, Xavier, Poppy, Kesar and Lola on World Book Day