Billingshurst Primary School held a special dress-up day to celebrate this year’s World Book Day, highlighting the joys of reading to pupils.
The children looked fantastic and the range of characters was truly amazing, including Harry Potters, lots of Where’s Wally, Cat in the Hats, princesses and a Tiger Who Came To Tea.
The staff joined in the fun with the all the year 6 teachers dressing up as Where’s Wally, there was a big bad wolf in year 1 and even a Harry Potter Dementor chasing after the Hermiones and Harrys in Year 2.
The school is one of thousands across the UK and Ireland marking the occasion by showing how magical books can be. The story time at the end of the day worked really well and you could have heard a pin drop as the children were so absorbed in listening to favourite tales.
Some of the members of the Year 6 book club continued the celebrations of the day by attending the Weald Book Award later on in the evening. They performed a short sketch on stage, which showed just how much they had enjoyed the books they had been reading. They wrote a funny script, had great costumes and performed with real panache!
Helen Williamson, head teacher, said, “Good reading starts early and children who share books with other are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. Our event is a fun way to get the children’s imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers.”
World Book Day aims to help children explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.