Children in Wrexham and Flintshire celebrate World Book Day

Published date: 07 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CHILDREN got into character to celebrate World Book Day.

Pupils and staff at Acton Park Primary School celebrated the occasion by coming to school dressed up as their favourite book character.

Among the most popular characters chosen were Harry Potter, Spiderman, Iron Man, numerous Disney princesses and Where’s Wally?

Headteacher Sue Edgar, who dressed up as Pocahontas, said: “The children had a parade to show off their costumes and had the opportunity to work alongside other classes to develop their literacy skills.

“The children voted for the best costumes in their class, with each of the winners receiving a £5 book token. A great day was had by all.”

At Borras Park Junior School, pupils were visited by two children’s authors as well as dressing up as their favourite characters.

Teacher Mrs Gough said: “We decided to take part in World Book Day to help the children focus on the importance of books and their literacy skills.

“They swapped books and shared the stories that mean something to them.

“It has been a day of fun, acting and dressing up.

“We also had a visit from two authors, David Martin and Ceci Jenkinson.

“They visited the classrooms and spoke about their books and writing, setting writing challenges of their own for the children – which they really enjoyed.”

She added: “All the children made a real effort to dress and focus on the characters they love.

“We had one pupil dressed as Red Riding Hood, and one of my favourites were the students who dressed up as Minions, which were really good.

“All the teachers dressed up and did a bit of acting as well.

“Overall it has been a really good event and has helped the children with their literacy development.”

Children in Flintshire were given the chance to dress as their favourite characters as part of the worldwide event, with an array of activities and events held in most schools to mark the literary day.

At Ysgol Mynydd Isa, near Mold, children and teachers got  into the spirit of fancy dress.

Emma Curtis, deputy headteacher, said: “We have done a book challenge all week, where the children draw their favourite book character. We also asked them to read at home as much as they could this week.

“They all came dressed as their favourite character today, which has helped raise money for the school.”

Mrs Curtis said children were dressed as characters from a range of books, including Alice in Wonderland and several superhero comics.

At Cornist Park CP School in Flint, children were treated to a book signing from Connah’s Quay author Damian Harvey.

Andrea Hill, administration assistant at the school, said: “The children seem to be on a high at the moment. The younger ones came in as princesses and superheroes and the older ones were dressed more in Harry Potter and books like that.”

At Southdown School in Buckley, older pupils read to youngsters as part of the event, while also making bookmarks.

Other schools in Flintshire celebrating the event with special events included Sandycroft CP School, Sealand CP School and St David’s Catholic Primary School, Mold.

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