This term, pupils in the Lady Royd Reception classes have been taking part in a number of initiatives and activities aimed at encouraging, and nurturing, a love and enjoyment of books.
In early February, the boys and girls enjoyed a trip to their local public library, in Girlington, for a Harry Potter-themed morning of activities, which included the delicate and highly-skilled art of wand making. The session was organised by the library staff to celebrate National Storytelling Week and encourage traditional storytelling for children.
The Early Years pupils were delighted to spend part of their visit looking through the large collection of children’s books, and were enthralled by the story of ‘The Lamb who came for Dinner’, read to them by one of the librarians.
At the end of the visit, the children were keen to take home an application form to become a member of the library’s Bookstart Bear Club and to be given their very own library card.
Back at school they talked about their visit, particularly how important they thought libraries were for children and how they should always look after their books. Pupils were excited at the prospect of becoming a member of a public library, along with their school library, and considered the kind of books they would like to borrow.
This year’s World Book Day fell in the first week of March and presented a further opportunity for Reception children to focus on the books they enjoyed. They were thrilled to join the rest of Lady Royd in the annual celebration of books and reading by coming to school dressed as a character from their favourite book.
‘I have never seen so many Harry Potters, Willy Wonka’s, princesses, witches, Spidermen, Tinkerbells, Dalmations and of course not forgetting all the Elsas!, declared a surprised Mrs Tozer, as she took the morning’s registration.
During the day, children were encouraged to talk to their classmates about their favourite book: why it was their favourite, what they particularly liked about it and what other books they had enjoyed. They were asked to draw their favourite character and write about all the things they liked about their chosen hero.
Later in the day, many children chose to visit the Travelling Book Company’s Book Fair with their parents, and use their £1 National Book Voucher, given to each child to mark World Book Day, to purchase a new book.
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