World Book Day 2020

St Francis School celebrated World Book Day 2020 on Thursday with creative costumes, a visit from a poet, a Book Swap and the opportunity to ‘drop everything to read’.

Each class chose a different author and children and teachers came to school dressed as a character from one of their books. From Narnian Wardobes to Winnie the Pooh, the costumes were a sight to behold – thank you to parents and the children for their fantastic creations. 

World Book Day began with a whole school assembly, where Mrs Pilgrim explained how pupils will help to ‘share a million stories’ by taking part in a reading challenge over the next three weeks. Then it was back to classes, but throughout the day the whole school community were encouraged to ‘drop  everything and read’ to kick start the reading challenge. The Book Fair was set up in the library and children visited it throughout the day to choose a new book to take home.

The Book Swap event was held on Friday afternoon in the Burden Courtyard. There was also a stall selling books for parents to buy to raise money for books for St Michael’s School in Uganda.

On Monday, celebrations continued with a visit from poet and performer Paul Cookson, who had the whole school in stitches during a special assembly sharing his poems.

Everyone from Reception to Year 8 (and even the teachers!) were joining in with his poems, including ‘Rattlesnake Shake’, ‘Crazy at the Zoo’, ‘Dad don’t Dab’ and his favourite ‘Let No-one Steal Your Dreams’ which has been adopted as a leavers poem by many schools.

Paul then held a series of workshops with our pupils throughout the day, so don’t forget to ask your children what they thought of his performance!