PHOTO GALLERY The wonderful world of books shown at school for World Book Day

Parents were pulling together costumes of everything from the Mad Hatter to Tracey Beaker as schools celebrated World Book Day on Thursday.

Parents were pulling together costumes of everything from the Mad Hatter to Tracey Beaker as schools celebrated World Book Day on Thursday.

Year 1 staff as Dalmatians with Mrs Bryan the School Administrator as Cruella de Vil. EMN-150603-165720001

Year 1 staff as Dalmatians with Mrs Bryan the School Administrator as Cruella de Vil. EMN-150603-165720001

William Alvey Primary School classes focussed on reading and books all week. Headteacher Stephen Tapley explained: “In Monday’s assembly we found out about papyrus, parchment and paper, we even had a go at making an Egyptian tablet. On Tuesday we set the children various reading challenges.”

Wednesday saw a book fair in school. Mr Tapley added: “On Thursday not only did we dress up but Mrs Purchase’s class went to Sleaford Library and the Magic Carpet Theatre performed to our Reception and Key Stage 1.”

On Friday more than 300 good quality second hand books were added to the school library, donated by parents via their Book Bank.

At St Botolph’s Primary School, Quarrington, children dressed as book characters and were visited by author/illustrator and cartoonist Steve Weatherill. Teacher Renata Bland said: “Steve spent the day with all the children across the school by sharing his love for reading, demonstrating how to sketch different characters from his books and involving the children in drama activities.”

At Winchelsea Primary School, in Ruskington, they all dressed up as book characters, with prizes of £5 book tokens for the winners who can be seen in the picture to the right.

Helen Duckett, headteacher said: “The children took part in book-based activities all day and had great fun. One class had the theme of Hansel and Gretel and made a gingerbread cottage in the morning (which you can see in the photo) and enjoyed eating it in the afternoon.”

Headteacher at Dunston St Peter’s CE Primary School, Graham Boyall, got into the spirit of things as he turned up dressed as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. He was joined by staff including deputy headteacher Mrs Hume as Cuddly Dudley the penguin.

The unlikely duo surprised the pupils at the school gates greeting them in costume in the morning.

Children and staff at St Gilbert of Sempringham’s CE Primary School, at Pointon, really went to town with the costumes for World Book Day.

They also ran a book stall and raised £52.50 for the school.

Staff and students at Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn proved it’s not just for the little ones as they really pushed the boat out to celebrate World Book Day.

Suzanne Alexander from the school explained: “We were celebrating World Book Day with a number of activities including ‘Guess the Shelfie’ which involved teaching staff taking a photograph of their bookshelf/bookcase and pupils guessing who it belongs to.

The English department particularly made an effort with Mr Ford as William Shakespeare, Mrs Mullowney as Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby, Mr Fox Goddard as Robinson Crusoe, Mr Parsons as Lenny from Of Mice and Men, Mrs Foster as Curley’s wife in Of Mice and Men, Mrs Ainsley as Miss Havisham from Great Expectations and Mrs Settery as Emily Bronte.

Pupils showed some imagination too with everything from super heroes to the Invisible Man and The Joker.

At Billinghay Primary school the children were allowed to dress up as their favourite character and all showed their brilliant costumes in assembly.

As well as that, some of the classes used the characters in literacy, looking at words to describe their character’s personality traits.

Children were given time to ‘cosy up with a book’ and enjoy reading.

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