The Junior School Celebrates World Book Day 2021

Runnymede College Junior School pupils celebrated World Book Day last Thursday for its 26th year anniversary and 10th year of celebration at Runnymede. The purpose of World Book Day is to celebrate books and reading and, pupils and teachers alike looked like they had just stepped out of the pages of a novel with their fantastic book character costumes.

Normally, there would be a special assembly for children to present their costumes and characters but this year was a little bit different, with pupils staying in the safety of their class bubbles.

Despite the change, it was an extremely successful and exciting day. A winner for Best Costume was chosen from each class with the prize being an Amazon voucher to be spent on books. All children took part in a range of activities to celebrate literature and to nurture a love of reading and, there were moments to D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read.

Pre-Nursery children went to the gym for a costume parade and dancing with help from Pocahontas (Miss Serra). Nursery classes focused on traditional tales such as The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks. Throughout the day, the classes played their favourite songs from these traditional tales, did story sequencing and even re-enacted the tales in front of their classmates. Reception children had a costume parade, just like pre-nursery, and made up their own stories.

Year 1's had a day filled with reading and their favourite part of the day was a quiz about recent books they've read. They really impressed their teachers with how much they knew about stories and the characters in them. Year 2's had a Show and Tell session where they explained their costumes, and their characters, to the rest of their class. Everyone made a special effort with their costumes and there was a wide range of characters from Amelia Earhart, complete with a child-sized aeroplane to, Matilda, with her trolley of books and magical playing cards.

In Year 3, many children brought in their character's book to share with their class. After parading their costumes, the classes took part in lots of book-themed activities including quizzes, book reviews and making bookmarks. Many also learned about famous children’s author Malorie Blackman and were inspired to do some writing of their own!

In Year 4, each class was treated to toast & honey with the theme being linked to our most recent class text - Roald Dahl’s Matilda. The class enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss the range of costumes everyone came dressed up in. Fun quizzes and creative bookmarks were designed with ‘Draw with Rob’. The highlight of the day for the children was when they designed their dream jars and giants which is linked to another Roald Dahl classic, The Big Friendly Giant.

Year 5's took the reading theme to the next level by, not only discussing their favourite books but also, editing and illustrating their own versions of 'The Tunnel'. Being in quarantine didn't stop 5P from participating in World Book Day, with the children joining the rest of Year 5, and the World Book Day activities, online. Year 6's also had an eventful day with a group drama activity based on a picture book, a book quiz in teams and a class Spelling Bee.

It was a fantastic day for all involved and we look forward to celebrating again next year!