World Book Day celebrated with Stanley’s Stick!

Children with Stanley on World Book Day

World Book Day was celebrated by every child in the junior school with a day of activities based on Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley.

Girls with sticks

A morning of literacy-based lessons was followed by an afternoon of fun cross-curricular activities, best explained by Will Gould and George Elvin from class 6B:

World Book Day was fantastic! We composed some amazing poems using as many “st” words as we could.

In the afternoon the whole of year six had a competition to see who could build the best stick structure. We worked in houses and Nicholson won!

The day was brilliant and we can’t wait for next year.

Restocking the free reading library

A visit to Simply Books in Bramhall after World Book Day let children from year four, five and six restock our free reading library.

Children at Simply Books

Headmaster Mr Tim Wheeler, who accompanied the children with teacher Miss Helen Baker, explained:

Restocking our free reading library will ensure that the children have quality reading material that will enhance their reading experience and encourage them to become avid readers.

Restocking the library at Simply Books

Mr Wheeler added:

Children in the junior classes provided a wish-list of books that they are interested in. By involving all the children it is hoped that they will take ownership of this area and be encouraged to read books recommended by their peers.

John Hegley visit

Pupils in year six had already been inspired by the story of Stanley’s Stick – which starts at Stockport station – when its author John Hegley visited school as part of our library literary festival.

John Hegley performing in our library literary festival

John Hegley performing in our library literary festival

World Book Day captured the imagination of our youngest pupils too, who decorated their sticks to give them endless options – like flying to the moon, going fishing and riding dinosaurs – just like in the story.

Boy with Stanley's Stick worksheet

 Mohammed Abuhoraira from 2J told us that he loved it:

World Book Day was great fun.

I enjoyed playing word games and acting with our sticks. It was such a fun day!

Magdalena Calado-Seifert, also from 2J, had a great day too:

I loved World Book Day because we learned all about Stanley and his stick.

It was so much fun. I just loved it!

Poetry by heart competition

Our poetry competition also helped our junior school children mark World Book Day, with every class from reception to year six taking part.

Poetry competition winners

Poetry competition winners

Each class held its own competition and nominated a winner to represent them in the grand final, which saw Finn Haisley, Blake Weedon and Adam Murray take home the prizes.

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