Whilst school children across the country took part in World Book Day last week, pupils at Springfield Primary School in Sunbury went one better with an entire week’s worth of activities themed around reading and a love of the written word.
“We put on all kinds of activities over the course of the week, and it was wonderful to see how much the children bought into the idea,” said Springfield’s assistant head teacher David Baker. “We had book treasure hunts, teachers reading their own favourite stories to the children, and the children had a chance to learn more about the Bug Club, a special online reading programme purchased by the School Association.
“They also had a chance to find out more about our Minion Book scheme, where the children take it in turn being given a book and a Minion toy for the weekend, and have to be photographed reading somewhere special – with the Minion for company!”
It was a busy week at Springfield Primary, which is a member of the GLF Schools group, a Surrey-based multi-academy trust which runs schools in four counties across the south east. The culmination of the week’s events came when author Ian McDonald visited to talk to the children about life as a writer.
“That was a wonderful finale,” said Mr Baker. “He conducted two assemblies, took story writing workshops, gave the children tips on how to write and generally really encouraged and inspired them to write and read more.
“There was a really positive mood throughout the school all week – it was lovely seeing children of different ages from different years of the school being so enthusiastic about sitting down and reading together – so his visit rounded off the week’s activities perfectly, and summed up exactly the sort of message we’re trying to promote here at Springfield”.
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