Young bookworms get in character to celebrate reading
SCHOOLCHILDREN dressed up as their favourite story characters – and even went to lessons in their pyjamas – to celebrate World Book Day.
A host of activities have taken place at schools across the city and county over the last two days aimed at celebrating reading.
All 73 pupils at Lovell House, Nottingham High School's infant school, donned their pyjamas on Thursday for a storytelling workshop with Notts author Elizabeth Baguley.
Lovell House's literacy co-ordinator Claire Smith said: "It was a roaring success and all the boys have been talking about it.
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"We intend over the next couple of weeks to continue to use Elizabeth's ideas to inspire creative writing."
Meanwhile, youngsters at Glenbrook Primary School, in Bilborough, dressed up as fairytale characters yesterday . the day after the official World Book Day. Around 250 children took part in the activities, which also included a baking competition between pupils and staff.
Head teacher Anna Grant-Thomas said: "We always celebrate World Book Day, but this was probably our biggest event yet. We had a fantastic time.
"Parents also came in to do literacy activities with their children. It was all about raising the kids' expectations and understanding of the importance of literacy."
More than 100 students from Nottingham Trent University have also been visiting schools in the city this week as part of a scheme to help increase literacy rates among pupils.
Last year only 79 per cent of 11-year-olds in Nottingham achieved the expected literacy level in English. The national average is 85 per cent.
The students organised games and activities for schoolchildren.
Jamie Marshall, the university's students in classrooms manager, said: "We feel that it's important to support the local community."