Children Still Have Fun on Book Day Despite Lockdown

Lockdown did not deter the energy and zeal of the children dressing up and having a lot of fun for World Book Day 2021 in Henley.

At Rupert House, in Nursery, the home corner was converted into a wonderful Mr Men book shop where the children could buy, write and sell their own books.  The Reception classes read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and had a busy week sequencing the story and learning about the days of the week, healthy and unhealthy food, symmetry and the life cycle of a butterfly. In Year 1, each child chose their favourite book, wrote a clue about it and then read the clue out loud whilst their classmates tried to guess which book it was.  Then the children used their creative writing skills to write an additional chapter for their chosen book, as well as creating a new design for the front cover.  Children in Year 3 attended the live event: ‘Books that make you LOL!’  They also had a whole class book club (including a drink and a biscuit!) where children brought their favourite books to talk about and to recommend to their friends before writing their own book review.  Inspired by some online academy classes, hosted by the authors Abi Elphinstone, Robin Stevens and Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, Year 4 class were shown objects and had to think about how they could be used in a story. In Year 6 pupils joined author Holly Smale’s academy class: ‘Bury Deep and use your Emotions’ in which they worked on reading extracts from stories using expression, putting on character voices and some acting.

The pupils at St. Mary’s Preparatory School enjoyed a screen free day of fun-filled learning opportunities, to celebrate World Book Day.  The Nursery and Key Worker children in school dazzled staff with their incredible costumes, from the Cat in the Hat to Captain Hook, Alice in Wonderland and the Hobbit.  Children learning at home were given a menu of book related activities to choose from, ranging from re-designing the cover of their favourite book, to reading aloud to a family member, writing a news report about an incident in a story and even extreme reading –  finding the most unusual place that they could to read a book!  Pupils relished the opportunity to unleash their imagination, designing their favourite characters using fruit and vegetables, and writing their own short stories.  Rosie Wilkinson, Head of English: “I know how much our pupils enjoy their English lessons, and this year we wanted to do something a little different to celebrate World Book Day, as we were unable to all be together in school.  Taking a break from the screen, and enjoying the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book, is so valuable.  The children’s wellbeing is our priority, and World Book Day gave us the perfect opportunity to combine their love of reading with a variety of creative activities.  I am really looking forward to seeing all the children back in school on Monday, and hearing more about what they got up to!”

At Badgemore pupils include a whole host of activities around books and reading.  In Laurel class the children made bookmarks, became an illustrator and author for the day and innovated the hungry caterpillar (making their own page to add to a class book on Monday) practised their handwriting and wrote the date, share lots of books and reading and dressed up as their favourite book character.

Children at Trinity School were treated to a day of World Book day author talks and workshops including some from the Globe theatre in London which the Friends of Trinity School raised money for.


Rupert House

St Mary’s


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