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At Ark Academy where Reading is the central plank of our curriculum and educational philosophy, World Book Day is a big event for us.
During the weeks leading up to WBD, Year 7 and Year 8 students spent their daily Morning Reading preparing their stories from around the world thinking creatively about how to bring the characters, and Olympic values alive for their session with the primary children on World Book Day. Reading aloud skills and creative forces were in action as well as a flurry of mask making, costume and drama.
The power of literature to inspire to us was the purpose of the “Dare to Wear your Winning Words” challenge on World Book day. As a result, many students and staff sported their chosen inspirational quotations from literature in a variety of ways: hats, sashes, bandanas, badges, even aprons! George Orwell, Martin Luther King were firm favourites as well as Ms Smith and Tesco! Some students were even inspired to pen their own memorable quotes.
Tapping into the Manga mania that is consuming many of our students, Yi-Shan Tsai a PhD student at Cambridge University studying children’s response to Manga literature, ran a series of workshops where students were able to hone their Manga illustration skills. Students and staff were reluctant to leave when the bell for break sounded: always an indicator of success!
At lunchtime, the primary pupils paraded proudly through the canteen in their book character costumes. As the Y7 and Y8s looked up from their lunch, streams of mini super heroes, Hansel and Gretels filed past.
Finally, the day ended with the primary-secondary collaboration: Retelling stories of Olympic Values from around the World and creating a collage with poetry inspired by the stories. The twenty-four secondary Reading Groups joined forces with Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 pupils in classrooms across the whole Academy. The sessions were led by the Year 7 and 8 students who relished engaging the primary pupils in the activities.
An all through Academy means that bringing older and younger pupils together is possible. The Year 7 and 8 students embraced the opportunity enthusiastically, displaying “teacherly” skills that would be worthy of any outstanding lesson!
The week was rounded off with an assembly where students and staff talked about when and how they fell in love with reading. We also heard from our wonderful librarians, Ms Lipner and Mr Knott the top ten reads in Ark’s Favourite Book Poll. A huge thank you to all the amazing Reading Teachers and our incredible librarians for creating such a buzzing community of readers!
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