Reams of fun

3rd March 2011'Pupils at Orchard Head J&I School, Pontefract, are dressing up as their favourite book characters for world book day.'Pictured: Georgia Utley. 'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
3rd March 2011'Pupils at Orchard Head J&I School, Pontefract, are dressing up as their favourite book characters for world book day.'Pictured: Georgia Utley. 'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE

PUPILS at Pontefract’s Orchard Head J&I School picked up some tips of the trade when a professional writer dropped by on World Book Day.

Ian Clayton visited the Nevison school to take part in its World Book Day celebrations on March 3. Mr Clayton read stories and poems with the children and then gave a writing workshop for some of the older students.

Children arrived at school in fancy dress to celebrate the national literacy event and enjoyed activities, competitions and games with a reading theme.

Beth Jenkinson, literacy co-ordinator at the school, said: “There were all sorts of things going on. We had a visit from the library and all the children came in dressed as a character from their favourite book.

“Even the nursery children got dressed up and had a parade through the school to show off their costumes.

“We read stories and the children wrote their own. Some of the children even invented an insect for a competition for a new series of books. It is a national competition and we’ll be sending our entries in.

“It was great when Mr Clayton came in, he really communicated well with the children. We’ve had a great response from the pupils, and their parents, who have all said what a great day it was.

“World Book Day gives them a chance to come across books they might not usually read. I think the day helps more reluctant readers get enthused about it.”

l Turn to page 15 for more on World Book Day events.