World Book Day 2016

Reading boosts writing with stories galore

Students at The Radclyffe School have worked with an artist to create a special reading bench to celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March). The bench, bearing characters in the style of artist Quentin Blake, will provide a dedicated reading place in school.

Unveiling the bench was a highlight of a packed week of activity at the school, giving students fantastic opportunities to develop their love of reading. Artist Barry Spence has hand painted the images onto the fibreglass bench.

Students created their own exciting opening lines for a story, which went on display on World Book day itself. The young people also tackled the World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz, testing their knowledge of dozens of stories, some well-known and others a little more obscure.

In lessons across the curriculum, students were encouraged to read, giving a boost to literacy across all subjects. The school’s Literacy Leader students called in to classrooms around the school all week to give surprise readings from some famous tales.

And pupils from St Luke’s primary school joined The Radclyffe School’s author-in-residence Mark Wright in their own creative writing workshop.

Hundreds of students have signed up for, an online library that challenges them to read as many books during the spring term from a choice of over 100 titles. They are also leaping in to exciting writing competitions on the school’s own writing website, 5steps4writing.

Reading books throughout March will also see our students raise money through the charity Readathon. Students are sponsored to read any stories they like, with money benefiting children in hospital with books and reading activities.

Teacher of English Helen Howell said, “World Book Day is always a fantastic opportunity for students to strengthen their love of reading, and to find new stories they enjoy. This year we are also developing students’ reading to influence their imaginative writing. There are so many activities on offer for all tastes and abilities.”

04 March 2016

students on the book bench

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