Characters and stories at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery

Author Sam Gayton visiting Year 5 at Garlinge Primary

World Book Day turned into World Book Week for Garlinge Primary School and Nursery with celebrations beginning on March 4.

Local author Sam Gayton visited the school and carried out writing workshops with the year 5 classes. The children were all enthusiastic and it made a great start to the week.

Characters from children’s stories from every genre imaginable arrived at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, as part of the celebrations for World Book Day 2024.

All children joined staff to dress as some of their favourite characters as part of a packed programme of learning and fun activities in school. The magic of reading was celebrated across the school with classes taking part in a reading activity linked to the book ‘Oi Frog’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field.

Miss Subramaniam and Miss Beaumont, the school’s English Leaders, led assemblies in both key stages where the book was shared and some of the wonderful characters around the hall were discussed.

Miss Beaumont said: “Reading really is like dreaming with your eyes open and we love World Book Day because of the joy it brings to everyone.”

Miss Subramaniam added: “It is a brilliant way of truly promoting reading for all ages and showing children how fun reading is!”

A range of activities were carried out throughout the school, from creating new stories and front covers for their chosen character to creating bookmarks, paired reading across key stages and a parent afternoon for Year 4.

Karl, a Year 5 pupil who came to school as Hamlet, said: “I love World Book Day as I get to dress up and see other people’s creations through their costumes. It is always such an enjoyable day, one of my favourite days.”

The celebrations will culminate today (12th March) with a visit from Adam Taylor from The Classroom, previously based in Westgate, who will kindly be handing out free books to the children.

Mrs Northrop, Head of School, said: “It was lovely to see so many children discussing their favourite book characters and being immersed in reading throughout the whole week at school.”