World Book Day
Stepping Stones School stepped in to an array of activities last Thursday to celebrate World Book Day. Never before has the school been invaded by such an assortment of characters from the children’s favourite books: Willy Wonka, Harry Potter, the Ugly Sisters and Sherlock Holmes to name but a few!
The day kicked off with a fashion show and story-sharing morning, followed by World Book Day games and quizzes. The pupils’ enthusiasm was a joy to see, will all ages, styles and genres of children’s fiction represented. English teacher, Lisa Osborn Lea had written to David Walliams in the hope he would pay this humble special needs school a visit, but with his rigorous schedule, the pupils were not disappointed with the alternative: At 11:30, as Walliams’ reading of his popular Gangster Granny book was projected to the whole school in the hall, the pupils were warned to keep a keen eye on their possessions as Gangster Granny herself (Asst Headteacher, Phil Thompson) paid them all a visit! “It was great fun!” said children in Louisa’s KS2 class.
With “Guess the Words in the Recipe Cake” and hilarious photos of children reading in unusual places, the morning was jam-packed with opportunities to promote reading. The final competition of the day involved the children competing in an inter-house competition to match a list of quotes to their book and author.
World Book Day has been celebrated annually since 1995, and provides the opportunity for children nationally to celebrate reading; inspire the imagination; to get excited about books. “In a world where lots of pupils seem to spend more and more time on Xboxes and Nintendos, promoting reading has never been more important,” said Lisa. The Queen of Hearts (Headteacher, Melissa Farnham) presided over the day’s events, stating “It was wonderful to see both staff and students embrace the day. There was no need for any quotes of " ...off with your head ..!" I am very proud of the students we have here and how they actively took part in such a dynamic day that was led so positively by committed, encouraging staff”.