Thursday March 1 marked the annual celebration of reading and writing at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) as staff and students dressed up as their favourite fictional characters for World Book Day, 2018.
Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Great Expectations were amongst the novels for this year’s event at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which explored a series of themes to encourage a pleasure for reading and storytelling.
The room was transformed with decorations, props and food from a range of novels including: a delicious wizarding beverage known as Butterbeer, and Berti Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from the Harry Potter collection; an assortment of chocolatey sweet treats and delights set the scene for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the wealthy spinster known as Miss Havisham from Great Expectations displayed her wedding dress, cake and one shoe for all to see.
The Academy also ran a variety of competitions where students were set a ‘treasure hunt’ style challenge to match all of the teachers with their favourite book. Teachers were encouraged to design and decorate their own classrooms in the style of the book to help students. Staff were also encouraged to dress up as their favourite fictional characters, including Snow White, Doctor Jekyll and Jaws.
Throughout the day, students took part in a ‘readathon’ where they read in 20 minute relays to staff and students. During the afternoon, Year 5 and 6 pupils from University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) also joined UAK students for a ‘Jackanory style’ reader session, designed to stimulate an interest in reading. Pupils listened to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, a parody of traditional folk tales in verse that gives a re-interpretation of six well known fairy tales.
Mrs Amanda Fraser, Assistant Principal at UAK said: “It has been brilliant to see the school community come together through the love of books and reading. The students are asking staff about their reading habits and I think they are quite surprised by the different types of books that teachers read. It has been such a fantastic day!”
We asked pupils in year 7 to tell us about what they enjoyed and what they learned. They commented on how they enjoyed The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and loved hearing new stories in the Jackanory Corner.
Some favourite moments were Mr Birchall reading “The Three Little Pigs” and giving the Big Bad Wolf a Welsh accent, and Miss Boon, who dressed as a shark, reading “Jaws” and performing an incredible ‘shark dive’.
They also said they learned a lot from the treasure trail quiz by matching teachers to their favourite books:
“There are so many books I haven’t heard of before, it could encourage me to read more” – Owen
“Try and read new books. Books that I never knew existed were around!” – Amy
“Jaws was actually a book as well as a film!” – Ethan
“I learnt different versions of children’s books that I read when I was a lot younger” – Dylan
“When we had to find books, some books I didn’t know!” – Isla
“There are a lot of books in the world” – Jack