Last week, our teachers and students had a great time celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities took place, with students being encouraged to explore the thrill and emotion that reading inspires.
The use of books has long been a crucial part of education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books are being marginalised. At The Peak Academy, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and express their creativity, and World Book Day was a great opportunity for us to help our students understand what reading has to offer.
To celebrate World Book Day, students at The Peak took part in a carousel of activities over a two-day period. They took part in many book-related exercises, including:
- Archery, based on the tales of Robin Hood.
- Designing structures from straws, based on the novel The Shadow Cage.
- Attempting to escape from a desert island, like the characters in Lord of the Flies.
- Creating flying machines like Leonardo Da Vinci, based on a pop-up book of his inventions.
- Playing quidditch, just like in the Harry Potter stories.
- Creating artwork for a gallery, based upon the book The Dot.
- Creating chocolate desserts which changed texture in your mouth, like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Creating banners about what makes us unique, like the story Wonder.
Our staff also got involved, dressing up in a range of costumes, including Where’s Wally, Leonardo Da Vinci, The Lorax, The Queen of Hearts, and Myrtle from Fing.
There was a sense of excitement about the day, as it was a new undertaking for the school, and one which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike. The children were keen to engage in the activities and became thoroughly engrossed in the learning taking place.
Mr Pollock, Assistant Head Teacher, said: “World Book Day gave the children a real chance to come out of their comfort zone and really build up a passion for reading.”
Although our students and teachers had a lot of fun last week, all of our activities had an underlying message — reading is important. Helping students become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to have ignited a lifelong passion for reading within our students.