Captain Sparkles and Rosie Rumble, the Story Explorers, led each class at Priory Infant School on an interactive story adventure for World Book Day.
English Leader Sally Halford said: ‘The children were mesmerised and the teachers loved it too, as actors from Bindlestick Theatre Company, led children around the school hall making up their own unique and laugh-out-loud adventures as they went.”
Artistic Director Katie from Bindlestick Theatre explained: “We love working with the power of children’s imaginations. There were spaceships, dragons, magic keys and even a giant worm called Gertrude in our stories.
“What an epic day of storytelling. Stories are such an important part of our development and how we process the world, so to be able to create them with and for children is such a joy.”
Children in Key stage one enjoyed a day of book-based party games, with pin the tail on the Three Little Pigs, dressing up as a big, bad wolf and even a specially-made story quiz based on all the stories they had learned since starting school.
In Reception, children went off on three different ‘story adventures’ designed to generate excitement about the Early Reader Free World Book Day Books on offer this year. These included a minibeast ‘treasure’ hunt to find ‘Creepy Crawlies’, a bedtime story with Joe Wicks and the ‘Burpee Bears ‘(via the World Book Day online events) and making their own super-hero capes to transform into ‘Nature girl (or boy)’ just like in Tom Percival’s story: ‘Billy’s Bravery’.
Parents donated more than 400 books for a book swap, which meant every child could choose and take home two new books to keep. Plus, Moon Lane Children’s Book Shop in Ramsgate, supplied each child with their free World Book Day book.
Head Teacher Tracey Sandy said: “Reading is at the heart of all our children’s learning at Priory. World Book Day is such a fantastic opportunity to get children excited about books and instil a life-long love of reading.
“What an action-packed and fun-filled day. The children loved it and a big thank you to all our teachers for working so hard to bring learning to life for our youngest children.”
Year 1 youngster Aurora added: “It was the best day ever!”