Reading around the world

Reading around the world

World Book Day 2019

“The more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” Dr Seuss.

World Book Day 2019 got underway with a pitter patter of purple paws, clattering of clogs and international inventiveness, as our playground filled with vibrant characters from a multitude of countries, the world over. Pupils delighted each other by parading their costumes on stage to a range of international themed ‘pop’ songs, accompanied by much singing, dancing, clapping and hilarity; all in the name of literature. Junior School staff each contributed their own individual and international attire, even performing a version, or possibly ‘a vision’, of the Macarena.

An exciting whole school reading initiative was launched in assembly by our librarians, to encourage wider reading of different cultures and characters with different nationalities. Each pupil has been given a passport in which they will colour a flag specific to the country each chosen book is associated with. In celebration of World Book Day, classes were each given a box of books from around the world to read and share. Once eights flags are coloured in, pupils will have read their way around the world, totalling their kilometres travelled as they go. On completion of the challenge, certificates will be awarded in assembly and passports added to our ‘Reading Around the World’ book display. Each pupil was given a book token and visited the book fair, purchasing books they that could contribute towards this reading challenge.

A wonderful treat was in store, as we welcomed back much-loved storyteller, Katy Cawkwell, to conduct workshops and perform interactive stories from the far corners of the globe: North: (Iceland) ‘Assipattle and the Stoor Worm’. East: (China) ‘The Boy who became a Dragon’. West: (North America) ‘Kiriki and the Great Turtle’ and South: (South Nigeria) ‘Giant Swallowing Drum’. Our librarians attended a specially tailored workshop based on ‘The Man Who Looked for Luck’; enthusiastically retelling this story as a group.

At lunchtime, our journey around the world continued, as meals were devoured from all over the world and culinary fancies from different countries were sampled. Some chose a marvellous Mexican mix, some an amazing Italian antipasti and scrumptious French desserts to finish. Pupils enjoyed making world flags, labelling each of the different dishes.

The creation of a whole school collaborative book was embarked upon: ‘Around the World in 180 Days’, in which each pupil has written their own fictional piece of writing, detailing their excursions to amazing sight-seeing wonders. The book is about a journey around the world and experiences in different countries. Pupils enjoyed finding out about their country and specific places to visit. They spent time researching the geography, the locals, the culture, food, climate and places to visit, which enabled them to write creatively about their fictional experiences and adventures. We hope this will be a book to be treasured, with contributions from every pupil and a novel way to ‘Read Around the World!’

Reading Development Coordinator Leah Hardy said: “Thank you to pupils, parents and staff for contributing to and supporting our World Book Day Celebrations, showing that Exeter Junior School is a community of book lovers.”