World Book Day 2023

On Tuesday 28th February, we celebrated World Book Day and our theme this year was Poetry. Children and adults were invited to come dressed as a ‘word’ to school and we were delighted to see the efforts that everyone had made- thank you!

The day was launched with a whole school assembly in the hall led by our Reading Ambassadors who delivered a fun online quiz for everyone to take part in. Congratulations to team ‘Luke’ who were our triumphant quiz winners!

Some of our amazing Reading Ambassadors!

Take a look at some of the activities that we enjoyed throughout the day:

Year 5 Reading Workshop with AFC Bournemouth Club Ambassador Jeff Mostyn


Drop Everything and Read 

The School bell rang throughout the day and everyone ( including teachers) had to stop what they were doing and read.

Book Buddies

Everyone met up with their reading buddies to share their favourite book.

Extreme Reading

Our extreme reading winners were chosen by our Reading Ambassadors. Congratulations to Connie ( Y2), Emily(Y2) ,Rowan (Y1), Mrs Hall and Miss Pain who were photographed reading in all sorts of fun and thrilling places.

Poetry Performances

Mrs Dodd and Mrs Jacobs enjoyed performing a famous poem by Allan Ahlberg’ Please Mrs Butler’, before opening up the stage to each year group to share the poems that they had produced throughout the day. Some of the poems were inspired by the poet Joshua Seigal who led an online assembly and workshop for KS2 at the start of term.

Books and Biscuits at Bedtime

As the sun went down that evening, lots of little people arrived back in school dressed in their cosy pyjamas along with their favourite teddy to enjoy a story being read to them by a member of staff. We even had a special appearance from Leo the Labrador who also enjoyed a bedtime story.

The day certainly illustrated that we have some brilliant poets at St. James’ and that, “you can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.” —Carol Ann Duffy

Happy World Book Day 2023!

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