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PICTURE SPECIAL: World Book Day was celebrated by schools in Haverhill and the surrounding area, with some eye-catching results

World Book Day was marked by schools and early education providers in Haverhill and beyond last week.

Secondary schools across the Unity Schools Partnership showcased their love of reading by organising a World Book Day thunderclap.

The ‘Drop Everything and Read’ was initially started at Castle Manor Academy where students, regardless of the lesson they were in, picked up a book or reading device every time they heard the bell sound during school.

Samuel Ward Academy students celebrate World Book Day
Samuel Ward Academy students celebrate World Book Day

Castle Manor have now joined forces with fellow members of the Unity Schools Partnership – Samuel Ward Academy, in Haverhill, Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket Academy – to take part in the literary action at the same time.

Becca Neal, librarian at Castle Manor Academy, said: “Every school in the trust values the importance of reading for pleasure, so it seemed obvious to me to all join together to celebrate that on World Book Day.

“Drop Everything and Read is such a simple idea that allows the whole school community to pause and enjoy the feeling of getting stuck into a good book.”

Students from each school will also be working together to form a “Books to Read Before You Leave School” list that can be used across the trust.

At pre-schools, nurseries and schools staff and children dressed up as their favourite book characters, or in some cases, as at Ashdon Primary School, pupils celebrated World Book Day by spending time with a partner, reading a book and sharing their reading preferences.

Children also completed a book swap, exchanging books they had completed with their friends for some new reading material.

At Steeple Bumpstead Primary, the whole school also painted a book recommendation on a rock – around the theme ‘Steeple Rocks’ – which were hidden around the school grounds.

At Wickhambrook Primary Academy, there was a Harry Potter theme, as children practised potion making, writing spells, caring for mythical creatures and learning to play Quidditch. Key Stage 2 pupils at St Felix Primary in Haverhill were inspired to write their own poem on the subject of The Giant of Haverhill, after fun, lively workshops run by prize-winning poet and author Christopher James.

At Play Out Childcare in Steeple Bumpstead, everyone dressed up with costumes depicting storybook favourites like Peter Rabbit, Zog and Oompa Loompas.

Story-themed activities included designing underpants for aliens and digging up and measuring Superworms.

Children at Linton Heights Junior visited Linton Library and the school library, met an author, a book binder and an editor, and enjoyed reading-based activities in class.

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