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Celebrating Reading on World Book Day

5 March 2020
Celebrating Reading on World Book Day

"I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book" - J K Rowling

This Thursday, along with children in more than 100 different countries around the world, we’re celebrating the 23rd annual World Book Day!

Books are a key part of everyone’s education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books risk being marginalised. At Devizes School & Sixth Form College, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and discover new worlds. World Book Day is an amazing opportunity for us to help our pupils understand what reading has to offer.

World Book Day celebrations started early at Devizes School! In November, we took part in Read for Good readathon challenge which raises sponsorship money for a charity. Readathon encourages students to read for fun and they were able to read any book, from comics to classics; blogs to audio books. Our pupils’ contribution has already made a difference to improve the lives of children being treated in hospital, and we are very proud of their support!

World Book Day is one of our favourite weeks of the year. What’s not to love about a day dedicated to celebrating all things books? Staff and pupils at Devizes School are excited about celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities are taking place, with pupils being encouraged to explore the pleasure of reading.

This year, KS3 will be involved in activities all week and will start the week by reading an extract from the following books during tutor time:

  • Year 7 will be reading 'A Place called Perfect' by Helena Duggan
  • Year 8 will be reading 'We See Everything' by William Sutcliffe
  • Year 9 will be reading 'Birthday' by Meredith Russo

Tutor time fun will end with a book bonanza quiz and prizes will be given to the winning tutor groups!

Also, we have invited pupils to bring in props from their favourite books to share with the class. English are very excited to hear some pupils are going to bring in chocolate cake to represent the cake Bruce Bogtrotter eats in Matilda!

Additionally, pupils are bringing in old books they no longer want to the Library and will be given a token to exchange for another book on World Book Day.

We want to empower young people to talk passionately and confidently about the books that inspire them and will be using English and LRC lessons to share, motivate and challenge pupils in their learning. English lessons will involve reading extracts from novels, sharing favourite books that create a sense of intrigue and adventure and pupils working together as a team to create their very own short stories!

English teacher Mrs Robinson said "I am very excited to watch KS3 enjoy and share their love of reading this week at Devizes School! I hope our pupils end the week feeling more inspired to read for pleasure!"

Our celebrations promote the underlying message that reading is not only important for learning, but is also a hugely enriching hobby. Helping pupils become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to encourage all our pupils to catch on to the reading bug.

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