School pupils dress up for World Book Day

Matthew Speck dressed as the Cat in the Hat at Catmose Primary School
Matthew Speck dressed as the Cat in the Hat at Catmose Primary School
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Schools in Rutland marked Unesco World Book Day with events aimed at encouraging the love of books and reading.

At Whissendine Primary pupils made their favourite book character from potatoes.

Teaching assistant Jean Pearson said: “It was one of the many activities the school was involved in. The children also participated in a number of workshops including cook a book recipe and designing bookmarks.”

At Oakham’s English Martyrs, pupils dressed as characters from books for a breakfast reading session when parents read stories to them.

Year 5/6 teacher Mr Hodgson, said “It was a fantastic event with students dressing up. We were lucky to have many willing parents who 
read their favourite stories to pupils.”

At Catmose Primary pupils and staff dressed as book characters and took part in activities designed to raise the importance of reading such as ‘stop everything and read when you hear the whistle.’ Each class focused on a particular author. Alfie Bardwell, from Beech class. which chose Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch tales, said: “It was really cool: we read lots of stories.”

Emma Bremer, from Silver Birch class, where J K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels were the focus, said: “I took part in wand duels; casting my own spells.”