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World Book Day 2024

‘The more that you read, the more things
you’ll know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
                        - Dr. Seuss
We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a Festival of Reading for two weeks from Monday 4th March until Friday 15th March. During this time, the children will take part in a range of activities to engage them in reading. These will include competitions, peer reading sessions, a Book Bistro, a Readathon and a book fair (more information about these will follow) and of course lots of book sharing.
On Thursday 7th March it will be World Book Day and we invite children to dress up. This year we have a special theme which is linked to a book we will be sharing with the children called The Planet in a Pickle Jar. All the children will be thinking about what they would like to preserve for the future. For dress up day they can choose one of these things and dress up to illustrate it.
Here are some ideas of things we might want to save for our future. You will also have some lovely ideas of your own.
We will also be inviting children to design their own “Shoe Box Sanctuary” in which they can create items they would like to save. It could be one item or a few items. (see examples below).
This will be launched on Monday 4 th March to be handed in by Weds 13th March. There will be prizes for the winning designs in Reception, KS1 and KS2. Good luck!
From the 4th March until the 15th March, we are running a Read for Good Readathon 
throughout our festival of reading and we’d love your child to join in.
The children will soon be given a sponsor card to take home and we would like them to return their completed forms by Friday 22nd March.
It’s been proven that children who read for pleasure are more likely to be successful and happy throughout their lives (OECD, 2002).

The charity Read for Good encourages children to read through its unique motivational approach that inspires reluctant readers to give reading a go and keen readers to read more widely. Pupils can choose whatever they want to read - from comics to classics and audiobooks to blogs - they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun! And, they are motivated to read because the money they raise in sponsorship helps to provide a regular supply of brand new books and a resident storyteller to every major children’s hospital in the UK.

The evidence from other schools is clear: teachers, parents and pupils all say that the freedom to choose what to read, combined with the knowledge that they are directly helping children in hospital, makes participation easy and compelling.

All you have to do is:

1. Take a look at what they plan to read, or help them complete their list of books to read. Remember they can read whatever they want: books, e-books, poetry, comics – anything goes! Sharing books is fine too (in fact recommended!) as well as listening to audio books.

2. Help your child find sponsors among family and friends. The easiest way to sponsor a child is at
(which family and friends can use too) or return the sponsor card with cash sent to school.

Please support your child’s sponsored read as much as you can. They’ll be helping kids in hospitals get books, as well as helping themselves, and our school receives free books worth 20% of our grand sponsorship total, so there really is something in it for everyone.

For more information, check out your child’s sponsorship card and visit www.readforgood.org.