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Alresford Primary School

Be Kind, Be Honest, Be Responsible

  1. Curriculum
  2. Reading
  3. World Book Day

World Book Day 2023



Elephants enjoyed reading lots and lots of stories for World Book Day.  We also talked about our favourite characters in stories, drew different characters and making character masks.

We have also enjoyed playing a new game - 'Guess the Character.'  We love this game and we have played it a lot since World Book Day!  Can you guess the character we are describing from our clues?



We enjoyed sharing books with our friends and talking about our different costumes.


We read poems about fire, used pastels to draw our own fires and collected adjectives to describe our fire.

We visited the library to share books with our friends and were able to choose two books to take back to put into our classroom book corner.

We had a class discussion about why reading was important. We said it was important because it helps you to learn new words, it develops your imagination, helps us to learn new things, helps you to concentrate, calms and relaxes you, takes you to new worlds.  We made speech bubbles of these ideas for our book corner.

We shared the books we had brought in from home linked to the characters we had dressed up as.

We met up with Year 1 and we read our favourite stories to each other.


We enjoyed talking about our favourite books and then made plates about our favourite books and authors.


Parrots celebrated  world book day by bringing in their favourite book and then sharing and talking about it with pupils from Peacocks. 



We talked about our favourite books. We tried to think of reasons why others would like to read the books too. We wrote a short description of the book and add some persuasive phrases. We also drew a picture to go with the writing. These have been put into a book, which is displayed in our book area.

Later on, we shared our favourite books with Parrots.


To celebrate World Book Day, Year 4 took part in a writing session with Colchester United. They watched a video and then planned a story about a detective trying to solve the mystery of the missing world cup. The children enjoyed creating characters and writing their story in the form of a comic strip!

Red Pandas

For World Book Day in Year 5, we thought about the value of reading and how reading makes us feel. We talked about how reading is a really positive experience and can make us feel relaxed, empowered, creative, calm or transported to another world. As part of this we had a ‘reading café’ where children each brought in a new book to recommend to the class. We sat and discussed and shared our books, while enjoying a biscuit or two!


Year 6 took part in the World Book Day BBC Live lesson where we listened to how author's create stories including Michael Rosen and Katie and Kevin Tsang.  We created characters and looked at how we can give familiar tales twists to make them really exciting.  We explored different genres by matching quotes to text types.  The children thought hard about what books they enjoy and would recommend to others and created posters to encourage people to read them.  The children dressed up in some fantastic costumes.  For example, Robin Hood, Nosy Parker (from Gangsta Granny), Billionaire Boy, Enola Holmes and The Mad Hatter.


We had a special 'World Book Day' themed menu.  

If there was a star underneath your lunch tray you won a book prize.   Here are some of our winners!

Buddy Groups

The children played a story-telling game in Buddy Groups.  The older children did a super job of supporting the younger children.