Friday 12th February 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
WORLD BOOK DAY CELEBRATIONS: MONDAY 1ST MARCH – FRIDAY 5TH MARCH
KG LOVES READING!
World Book Day is just around the corner and I write to inform you about the learning and activities planned to mark this fun and important event. World Book Day itself is on Thursday 4th March, but we are planning a week-long celebration from Monday 1st March – Friday 5th March. The celebrations planned will be the same for all children, regardless of whether they are learning remotely or in school.
Theme: KG Loves Reading!
The theme we have chosen as a school is: KG Loves Reading! Reading widely for pleasure has always been and remains a top priority for us as a school and it is especially important during this time. As well as developing children’s minds and expanding their vocabularies, reading is also important for their well-being and provides a much-needed form of escapism. Our hope is that the learning and activities planned for World Book Day 2021 inspire your children to pick up and enjoy a good book whether they are an avid or more reluctant reader.
Activities on Seesaw
All learning in English during the week commencing Monday 1st March will be linked to our ‘KG Loves Reading!’ theme. The morning greetings and assemblies will also be linked, so please do log on daily to ensure your child enjoys the full experience of what has been planned. Teachers in school will show these videos to children in class.
Every year, the children look forward to dressing up as their favourite book character on World Book Day, however we recognise that the current lockdown restrictions may make it difficult for everyone to participate in the usual way. As such, dressing up this year is optional. We do not wish to dissuade any children who wish to dress up as normal, but equally we do not wish to put pressure on families who may find sourcing a costume difficult at this time. We have come up with some alternative suggestions (listed below) that we hope will suit everyone in our school community and still enable the children to have fun.
Children that are currently in school who wish to dress up are invited to do so on World Book Day itself (Thursday 4th March); children that are remote learning from home are invited to dress up on the day of their weekly class zoom (dates and times to be confirmed by each year group via text message).
Some alternative suggestions to dressing up in full costume include:
– Make an accessory for your character using recycled materials from home
– Make a book character by ‘dressing up’ a household item like a wooden spoon or potato
We welcome any other creative ideas you may have and look forward to seeing photos of them on Seesaw.
To raise the profile of reading during ‘World Book Week’, teachers managing remote learning will ask children to post books that they are reading on Seesaw. We recognise that your children may have read all the books that they have at home and be eager to try something new. As such we are having a whole school book swap. We invite families to drop off a book in a dedicated box that will be available at the relevant pick-up points during the weekly pack collection on the first day back after half term (Tuesday 23rd February). This gives us time to safely quarantine the books for a week, ready for families to collect on Monday 1st March. Please do get involved to help make our book swap a success.
Further updates will be communicated after the half term break.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled week! Thank you in advance for your support.
Achievement Lead, Upper School