Last Thursday, our teachers and students had a great time celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities took place, with students being encouraged to explore the thrill and emotion that reading inspires.
The use of books has long been a crucial part of education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books are being marginalised. At St Luke’s Academy, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and express their creativity, and World Book Day was a great opportunity for us to help our students understand what reading has to offer.
This year, our theme for World Book Day was superheroes. All members of staff dressed up as superheroes to support the day’s learning, and every class took part in World Book Day activities that were linked to the theme. This included escaping from a library; learning about real superheroes in our community, like members of the fire bridge and police; and book-related activities. There was a real buzz around the school, and the profile of reading was raised immeasurably.
Tom Green, Assistant Principal, said: “It was great to see our students’ faces when they arrived at school as all staff members made a real effort to dress as a superhero. By focusing on reading, the students were able to understand the importance of this skill and how reading really is a super power!”
Although our students and teachers had a lot of fun last Thursday, all of our activities had an underlying message — reading is important. Helping students become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to have ignited a lifelong passion for reading within our students.