Sid Valley schools enjoy World Book Day

PUBLISHED: 11:43 09 March 2011

St Nicholas school in Sidmouth celebrate world book day. Picture by Terry Ife ref shs 9136-09-11TI St Nicks

St Nicholas school in Sidmouth celebrate world book day. Picture by Terry Ife ref shs 9136-09-11TI St Nicks


From dressing up as book characters to designing storyboards, pupils enjoy World Book Day activities

SCHOOLS across the Sid Valley took part in World Book Day last Thursday.

Pupils at St Nicholas Primary, Woolbrook, made the most of the chance to dress as their favourite book character, while at Sidmouth College, students enjoyed performances by The2Steves comedy duo, whose theme was How to be an Author.

Each student paid £1 voluntary contribution to watch the performance.

At the start of each lesson throughout the day, regardless of the subject, teachers read a chapter to Keystage Three students from pre-selected books and the English staff, who jointly organised the events with Library staff, dressed up as book characters.

Librarian Sue Willey said: “The Library and English Department worked closely together to achieve a successful celebration of World Book Day.

The2Steves, Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, spent time with the lower school in an exciting and hilarious hour with each year group, setting ideas off and showing that we are ‘all writers’.”

Staff tucked into a celebration cake for their efforts.

Free £1 World Book Day vouchers were issued to students to use with Scholastic Book Club orders.

At Bendarroch School, Aylesbeare, prolific children’s author Babette Cole met with pupils for World Book Day.

Babette, from Sherbourne, conducted a workshop with the 15 senior pupils, producing a storyboard for a 16-page book on a school for vampires, then gave a talk and read from her book, to the whole school and visiting parents in the afternoon.

Headmaster Nigel Home said: “Two of our children, Samuel Taylor, 10, and Anna Pearce, 11, were the voices of children in a video of one of Babette’s most successful books, Mummy Laid an Egg, and she presented a copy to the children.”

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