World Book Day 2016

According to the official website, World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Due to school trips last week Wilstead Lower School deferred World Book Day until this week.  Read on to find out what we got up to.

Assembly on World Book Day

World Book Day at Wilstead

Our day started as usual with a whole school assembly although this one was a little more colourful than normal!  As always our parents had really done the children proud with some amazing costumes.  This year we decided to focus on the second most important characters in a book – the villains – and so all around the hall we could see Storm Troopers, Cruella De’Villes, Queens of Hearts, Kylo Rens, Pirates, Witches and so much more.  Even the teachers got in on the act with a disgusting Mr Twitt, the Big Bad Wolf, the Child Catcher and even the terrifying White Witch for starters.

Planning stories on World Book Day

After assembly we started on a carousel of activities around the school.  In the Reception class room we used objects from the school museum to create short stories that we then acted out for the rest of the class.  This was great fun and handling the objects really made the stories come to life.

Making Dream Catchers for World Book DayDiscussing stories on World Book DayIn Year 1 we looked at the story of ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl.  We focused on how the BFG collected and got rid of the children’s dreams, depending on if they were good or bad.  The children used this as inspiration to make their own dream catchers.  Some children even filled their own dream jar with pictures of things they would like to dream about.

Acting stories on World Book DayWithin the Year 2 classroom we brought stories to life using the ‘Whoosh Stick’ activity.  Reception class and Year 1’s were read the “Beautiful Bananas” book and Years 3 and 4 “The Bear who liked to say BOO!” while children stood in the middle of the circle to act it out with props and body language.  Once they performed a little bit the Whoosh Stick hovered over them meaning they had to sit back in the circle and the next group of children picked up the story.  Each class created their own sketches, acting out bits from their favourite storybooks to perform later in front of the class.

Designing book covers on World Book DayThe Year 3 classroom saw us designing our own book covers for famous books – each class chose a different author. Our Hornets class chose the books of David Walliams, they are very popular with the children and they were able to list them all in order.


We all had a fabulous day and enjoyed talking about a whole range of books.  Why not ask us about some of the stories that we talked about?