World Book Day at our Trust Schools (Part Two)

At Discovery Academy, Hattersley the theme for World Book Day was kindness, each class completed lots of different activities around a book written by Oliver Jeffers exploring themes around kindness and other emotions. Each class had a book that they would explore in a variety of ways over the course of the week helping to support the resettling of those children who had not attended school so far this term due to lockdown.

Our reading week started on World Book Day with key worker children in school and other pupils at home creating reading dens and enjoying reading for pleasure.  Staff created a photo story to show the children that reading can take place anywhere.

As a school, our focus is enhancing vocabulary and so on Friday 12th, once all the children were back in school, we dressed up as an adjective from our favourite books – a twist on the character idea from previous years. We had some fantastic costumes such as cozy (wearing pyjamas), delighted (dressed up as Little Miss Sunshine), clever (dressed up as Matilda) and then we spent the day completing lots of vocabulary enriched activities to support us when reading vocabulary rich books for pleasure.

Emma Collins, English Lead at Discovery Academy said ‘Our celebration of World Book Day was all about inspiring the children to read anything, anywhere, discovering and improving our use of vocabulary but most importantly sharing a love of books together as a school.’

At Gamesley Primary School, Glossop they held their annual bookplate competition, the winners win a book from the school book shop and their designs are made into their prize bookplates for the rest of the year. This year they also held a ‘reading in unusual places’ competition, where there were some fantastic entries, one of the winners (pictured) was a pupil reading upside down while balancing on a gym bar!

Across school at Pinfold Primary School, Hyde, they all celebrated World Book Day together despite all being apart this year. From sharing stories to dressing up as characters, taking part in quizzes to writing stories, the day was busy, fun and reading focused both in school and for children through remote teaching and learning at home. Reading for information and reading for pleasure are key everyday and at Pinfold, our literate environment and creative lessons bring stories to life every day. Here’s some of their reading wall displays below.

At Yew Tree Primary School, Dukinfield, the children and teachers, both at school and at home, dressed as their favourite book characters. Classes took part in interactive author workshops with David Walliams & Michael Rosen and all pupils entered a competition to design a book character’s bedroom.


Discovery Academy photos are from a fantastic gallery on Tameside Reporter’s website click here to see more.