Last week, our teachers and students had a great time celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities took place, with students being encouraged to explore the thrill and emotion that reading inspires.
The use of books has long been a crucial part of education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books are being marginalised. At Melksham Oak Community School, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and express their creativity, and World Book Day was a great opportunity for us to help our students understand what reading has to offer.
This year, to celebrate World Book Day, we had a whole week of tutor activities based around sharing a love of reading. Students were given their book vouchers and encouraged to research the books available for them to purchase and recommend books and authors to each other. We made bookmarks, tutors shared their favourite stories, and the week was rounded off by a book-based quiz.
On World Book Day itself, lots of members of staff dressed up as a book character and tutor groups then voted for their favourite costume, with Dobby, a.k.a Mr Hamdia, being voted the winner.
The library also had activities at break and lunchtime, such as 'guess who's coming to dinner', where students guessed which literary characters were dining together based on a series of clues.
We also ran two student competitions over the week: extreme reading and an art competition. Alfie Greenman in year 7 won the extreme reading competition and Rebekkah Duval in year 8 won the art competition.
Mrs Soan, English Teacher, who organised this year’s event, said: “Thank you so much to everyone for their enthusiasm and participation during our World Book Day celebrations. A huge mention to those members of staff who weren’t afraid to make themselves look a little bit silly for the day and remind everyone that reading stories is fantastic fun.”
Although our students and teachers had a lot of fun last week, all of our activities had an underlying message — reading is important. Helping students become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to have ignited a lifelong passion for reading within our students.