World Book Day
Thursday 3rd March 2022
This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 3rd March. The theme of this year’s celebration of books is ‘Share a Story’. We want our children to enjoy reading for pleasure and to be inspired to become great readers for life.
On World Book Day, all children will take part in activities linked to traditional tales. In addition, during the week, grown-ups in school will be visiting different classes to share favourite stories.
On the day itself, we would also like to invite you into school from 8.15am onwards to join us for breakfast and to share a story or two with your child(ren). We will have a variety of books available for you to share and enjoy. Please note, all children attending the breakfast must be accompanied by an adult, otherwise normal drop-off arrangements apply.
For adults and children, hot drinks, juice and sausage cobs or a vegetarian option will be available from our school kitchen that morning for £2.50 per person. If you would like to order your World Book Day breakfast, please order and pay via SchoolShop on Schoolmoney (details attached). You can order multiple breakfasts and also select the vegetarian option here. Please place your orders by Tuesday 22nd February. We would love to see you all there on Thursday 3rd March!
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For lunch, there will be a World Book Day menu (see below). Foundation and KS1 will have a free meal as normal on this day. If your child is in KS2 and would like a school lunch on this day, please pre- pay for the dinner via ‘Schoolmoney’ as usual.
Why sharing a story is so important:
• Creates readers for life
• Encourages cuddles and quality time together
• Boosts creativity and imagination
• Is a calming, bonding experience that improves well-being for everyone
• Builds empathy and closeness
• Is great fun! Did you know?
• Reading for pleasure is in decline: only 29% of 0-13s read for pleasure daily (down from 30% in 2017) Source: Children’s Reading for Pleasure: Trends and Challenges, Egmont, 2019
• The number of parents sharing stories with their children is also in steep decline: only 56% of 3-4-year-olds are read to daily or nearly every day (69% in 2013).
• Fewer than 19% of 8-10-year-olds are read to daily or nearly every day (down from 25%). Source: Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer Nielson, 2018.
• Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome and it’s fun for all involved.
Thanks for your support in celebrating the joy of reading!
English Subject Leader