To celebrate World Book Day and promote reading and wellbeing, we ran a range of activities on the day in our on-line lessons and over the course of the week.
Students in year 7 enjoyed taking part in the official World Book Day Author and Illustrator Academy, looking at the book ‘Protect the Planet’ with Jess French. They learned all about how to be an ‘Earth Warrior’. Jess French shared tips on easy, everyday changes that students in year 7 could make to help protect the planet. They also explored why ‘kindness is key’ and how they could make a real difference with simple solutions!
Students in year 8 engaged in lessons that linked to the Rights and Respecting Schools Award that we are currently working towards at PGHS. World Book Day links directly to the right to have access to information, the right to education and the right to have access to rest, play, culture and arts. Students in year 8 explored the ideas behind these rights and then went on to explore characters in their favourite books and whether these characters got to enjoy their rights.
Students in year 9 further built on their learning from the Autumn term and the genre of Murder Mystery. They enjoyed exploring the opening of ‘Kill Joy’ by Holly Jackson – her prequel to ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’. This lesson was about engaging in reading for pleasure and exploring a text to make predictions.
As well as individual lessons to celebrate World Book Day, we ran a staff and student competition, where they had to guess which staff members were hiding behind a book and which ‘shelfie’ belonged to which member of staff. Our staff team produced some brilliant pictures with clues for us all to decipher. Over 400 of our students took part in the competition and there was a winner for each year group and an overall staff winner.
Year 7 – Amy M
Year 8 – Adanna A
Year 9 – Isabella W
Year 10 – Laura G
Year 11 – Sana M
Staff – Mr Bretherton (1st place); Miss Wignall (2nd place); Miss Garlick (3rd place)