Pupils leap off the page

World Book Day at Orchard Head school, Pontefract.'Leading the celebrations are, L to R) Ciara Atkinson, Darcy Mallory and Chloe Glover Mansfield.'p7991a209
World Book Day at Orchard Head school, Pontefract.'Leading the celebrations are, L to R) Ciara Atkinson, Darcy Mallory and Chloe Glover Mansfield.'p7991a209

READY-TO-READ pupils from schools across the district celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as a host of their favourite literary characters.

The government’s national campaign to encourage children to read books in their free time was supported by teachers, staff and pupils from primary and secondary schools on Thursday.

Tracey Spiers, Pontefract Education Trust’s administrator, said: “It was a wonderful day and great to see the children acting out their favour book characters – they had used tremendous imagination.

“World Book Day is to promote books and reading for the personal enjoyment.

“The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.”

School children who took part in the campaign received a World Book Day £1 book token which will pay for one of the eight specially-published World Book Day books which include Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Facts and Jacqueline Wilson’s Big Day Out.

Pupils can also put their £1 voucher towards any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.

Schools taking part in the celebrations included Orchard Head J&I, Halfpenny Lane J&I and The King’s School in Pontefract, Ackworth Howard CE J&I and Bell Lane Primary in Ackworth and Park Junior School in Castleford.

Author Conrad Burdekin visited Ackworth Howard School and taught poetry lessons to the whole school on Thursday.

Stephen Smith, headteacher at the Station Road school, said: “We were very lucky to have Conrad come down because it gave the day a double focus.

“Any day which celebrates picking up a book over the digital alternative is wonderful and it’s important to encourage children to read because it’s still the easiest and most accessible source of information.

“All the children had a wonderful time.”