On Thursday, pupils at the new Holy Cross Church of England Primary School immersed themselves in the world of storybooks.
As the nation celebrated World Book Day, children from Holy Cross School in Runcton Holme arrived in class excitedly, dressed as some of their favorite book characters and ready to enjoy a day of stories and of writing.
And it wasn’t just the children who were in the spirit of the day. All the staff dressed up, with English principal Jessica Moore donning a Where’s Wally costume to celebrate the popular book series and teacher Rachael Waterson in costume too.
The school, part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, has launched a celebration of literature and the power of stories by using the national day to officially open its new library and give children the opportunity to explore and share the pages. of some of their favorite books.
Young pupils were asked to choose a story for teaching assistant Rachel Witt to read to them in the library before being encouraged to put pen to paper and make up their own stories.
Budding authors even spent time learning to be cartographers and drawing maps that helped them plan their story later in the day.
As part of the celebrations, children also had the opportunity to be part of the Read 100 initiative to encourage them to read as widely as possible.
Director Emma Zeil said: “We have launched our new initiative, Read 100. Children have personalized cards to collect 100 stamps to read at home, encouraging our children to read for fun.
“When they’ve collected 100 stamps, they can choose a new book to keep in the book box in my office.”
Staff and students look forward to the official opening of the school soon, following the establishment of Holy Cross in September following a merger between Wormegay CofE and Runcton Holme CofE schools.