The Big Bad Wolf, Fantastic Mr. and Mrs. Fox, the BFG and Willy Wonka along with his Oompa Loompas arrived in school to help celebrate World Book Day 2020. The damp weather could not deter the enthusiasm of all the children and staff at Blue Coat, who embraced the day in high spirits, while sharing their love of books and authors together. It was a perfect opportunity to appreciate books and to develop the benefits of reading for pleasure, which stretch throughout an individual’s life.

Weeks of planning and practise culminated in a slick assembly performance from a dedicated band of Year 6 librarians. Harriet represented World Book Day itself by donning a giant book costume; while Jia, Humnah, Jaya and Elsie explained why books and reading are so important. The audience were then treated to a reading and performance of The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, led by Holly and Tabitha. Afterwards the young librarians told everyone about the £1 World Book Day token and went through the books that they can choose to spend it on. The girls did a fantastic job and there can be no doubt that their passion for books and reading inspired all the pupils who saw the assembly.

After joining Prep in the Sports Hall for assembly, the Pre-Prep children took part in a range of fun activities to do with this year’s theme of ‘sharing a story’. This included some children having a story read to them by our Librarian Ms Stacey in the Prep Library, as well as the Year 2s crossing over to Prep to exchange stories with the children in Year 3. Reception had a fantastic day dressing as their favourite story characters and were very busy writing book reviews, creating their own bookmarks and listening to stories read by some of Year 5! The day ended by working as a whole class to make up our own silly story and creating our very own story book characters.

From Where’s Wally to Harry Potter and everyone else in between, a brilliant time was had by all and it certainly inspired our love of reading even further! Thank you to all our busy parents for supporting your child(ren) to dress up for this year’s World Book Day and to the staff for embracing the day so wholeheartedly. What a superb day with many lasting memories!

Ms Stacey, Mrs Ayub, Mr Robinson and Mr Fogarty