Ashville pupils help turn the pages on another World Book Day
Pupils from Ashville Prep School and Acorns Nursery Class have joined children around the globe to celebrate World Book Day.
The annual event, which helps promote the joy of books and reading, saw the Ashville pupils dressing up as their favourite literary characters, including Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Wonder Woman and the Cat in the Hat.
There was a competition for pupils to design, create and wear their own hats, masks or/and have their face painted to enhance their costumes, with a prize for the best entry in each class.
Acorns Nursery Class pupils on-site took part in a ‘Who is behind the book?’ quiz, and enjoyed a hot chocolate during a whole class read. A virtual equivalent of this activity was held for pupils in Reception to Year 6, who were encouraged to take part from their homes or classrooms.
In advance of World Book Day itself, Pre-Prep and Prep School pupils were invited to write reviews of a book during lockdown that has helped them through these challenging times.
Titles under their critical eye ranged from Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson to The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
Simon Asker, Head of Ashville Prep School, said: “World Book Day is an opportunity to reinforce the importance of reading, which should never be seen as a chore, but a joy.
“Reading does so much to boost a child’s learning. In addition to improving spelling and vocabulary, it helps to unlock their imagination.
“Of course, Ashville celebrates great children’s literature and the value of reading all year round and this goes beyond the English curriculum.
“Year 4 pupils, for example, will never forget being introduced to their new ‘Potions’ topic after their teachers surprised them by attending the lesson dressed as Harry Potter characters!
“This was a Wow! experience, used routinely in Prep School to engage pupils with new learning topics.”
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