Students discover new authors and stories

Reading fun celebrates World Book Day

Hunting down famous characters from children’s stories was just part of the fun organised for World Book Day (5th March) at The Radclyffe School.

Students followed a treasure hunt around the school to discover famous characters from books and comics, and posters telling who staff members’ favourite authors are and why.

The school’s author-in–residence Mark Wright worked with younger students to inspire them to create stories. Once again staff and students dressed up as their favourite characters from many different stories.

World Book Day itself is the finale of a range of activities in school and out encouraging students to discover stories they enjoy, and to create their own. Over several weeks members of staff read stories while being filmed, and the recordings were broadcast Jackanory-style each lunchtime.

For students who really enjoy reading, the school is taking part in ‘Read for my School, a national competition which has made over 100 books by top children’s authors available to read online. The more stories students read, the greater the chance to win prizes both for the children and the school.

The day is also a milestone in students’ efforts to raise money for the charity event Readathon. Students have sought sponsorship to raise money by reading all sorts of stories. The charities that will benefit include Clic Sargent, Readwell and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Teacher of English Helen Sharpe said, “We have offered lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved and we’re very proud of how students have responded. There are so many different books to choose everyone should find something they enjoy reading.”

09 March 2015

Students in World Book day costume

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