World Book Day

It is the moment every parent dreads, when a note comes home saying the words “Fancy Dress”. Being both a teacher and a mummy it fills me with complete dread…

Teachers have the complete joy of participating in these events too however I have escaped this year but many teachers go all out on World Book Day to create a memorable atmosphere for their pupils.

This morning my twitter feed was full of teachers ready to promote the joy of reading. @MattFothergill posted a wonderful photo of him dressed as a character from War Horse. Others like @Gwjdunn opted to be Willy Wonka adorned with giant lollipops and chocolate bars. Days like this give teachers the opportunity to celebrate their personal love of reading and to be positive role models for our children. 

The BBC report about the annual celebration of reading echoed many of my parental fears of costume creation – 

In my house last night around twenty costumes where pulled out of the dressing up box. Stressful yes…

My eight year old was horrified that he couldn’t wear his football kit. We tried to persuade him to be Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but no, this morning he arrived downstairs dressed in a suit and announced he was Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool Manager). 

My five year old didn’t fancy being a princess and decided that she wanted to be Jake from the Neverland Pirates.

Was the stress worth it?

As my children came home from school there was a great buzz about the variety of characters in class and the appearance of the Liverpool Football manager. My eldest came in and downloaded the World Book Day app for his iPad and my youngest talked endlessly about her playtime where she saved the princesses from Captain Hook.

Will they remember this day? Yes most likely. Why? because the teachers made them engage with literacy in a visual and imaginative way.

1 Response

  1. I’m going to share this far & wide & especially with my colleagues. Sadly our school has never embraced this properly (I think it falls in same week as we have Integrated Education Week, but still no excuse).

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