Salisbury Plain Academies celebrate World Book Day
Children from Salisbury Plain Academies celebrated World Book Day in style this month.
St Michael’s Primary School in Figheldean, Bulford St Leonard’s Primary School and Durrington All Saints Infant School all took part in the international event.
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.
In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a ‘worldwide celebration of books and reading’, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This year is the event’s 20th anniversary, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages came together to appreciate reading.
At St Michael’s Primary School in Figheldean, children dressed up as pirates, and they enjoyed a visit from children’s author - Alison Smith, writer of the Captain ‘O’ books. Alison told the children swashbuckling stories as she read from her books.
Bulford St Leonard’s children wore masks that they had made of their favourite literary characters. Sarah Ward, principal at the Bulford school said: “The day consisted of activities linked to books and our early years’ parents came in to school, to share story-time, they also helped the children make gingerbread people before enjoying their baking with a glass of milk.”
The Bulford primary school also had a secondhand book stall for ‘swaps.’
Durrington Infant School children went to school dressed up as their favourite book character. The day included a whole range of book related activities, from children listening to stories, talking about a favourite book, creating artwork related to books, to looking very carefully at pictures, and how the pictures help to tell stories in some books.
Helen Mathieson, CEO of Salisbury Plain Academies which is a multi-academy trust said: “Through stories and reading, children are exposed to the richness of language and this encourages them to expand their vocabulary and improve their understanding of the world.
“Our schools’ events were all about getting children closer to the books and authors they already know and love, and encouraging them to keep discovering new books.”
Tough guy takes on new school challenge
Salisbury born Sam Johnston is delighted to be appointed as the new principal of Avon Valley College
Dorset County Museum gets ready for Dippy!
Dorset County Museum extension plans approved ready for the arrival of Dippy the dinosaur in 2018.
Stonehenge wins Sandford Award for School Visits
English Heritage has won the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education, given to museum and heritage organisations with outstanding education programmes.
Bulford St Leonard School take part in Rocket Science
Hopeful horticulturalists in Wiltshire have launched their own space-related mission by growing seeds which have travelled into space and back.
It’s only cold when you’re standing still…
Sarah from Xercise4Less gives Raring2go! some great ideas for family fun to keep fit and healthy. Don't get stuck indoors just because it is winter. Dark mornings, cold blustery evenings and it seems we would all rather reach for our duvet than even contemplate heading outdoors to get active! Remember it’s only cold when you’re standing still…
Over the weekends and holidays there are always times when your children need some chill out time, or to fill an hour or so, or they say the dreaded 5 letter word - BORED! Well, our KidsZone is here to rescue you and them from these moments. Full of puzzles, colouring in sheets and activities from films and programmes there is lots to keep busy!