Students of all ages took part in celebrating World Book Day at The Leigh UTC on Thursday, 5th March 2020. Events were organised throughout the day, with competitions for both staff and students to enter. Staff were given one half of a literary duo at the beginning of the day and had to work out who their partner was to receive a prize. Students really entered into the spirit of this matching activity, wanting to know which fictional character each member of staff had been given and trying to help match them up. It also encouraged students to want to know more about each character and the book they belonged to. Two competitions ran for students: a guess the teacher activity, whereby staff had a photo taken behind a book that they had a particular connection with and students had to guess who was hiding. The second competition was a mini-saga, modelled on Ernest Hemingway’s “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Students had to write their best six-word story. Winners for both competitions will be announced shortly.
In addition to the competitions, the short story “The Necklace” was read across all five lessons of the day to all students and a discussion was had during lesson 6 about the message of the story; it was wonderful to see students’ reactions to the humorous ending and engage with the message. An assembly was delivered to year 7 about the power of reading and the opportunities that can be gained from a book. Overall, students were enthusiastic about the day‘s events and it was wonderful to see that reading was at the forefront of every lesson.