Every year on World Book Day, we take the opportunity to celebrate reading and the joy that literature can bring us all.
This is a theme that echoes all through the school year. Literacy is a strong part of our tutor time programme every week along with support for those who are not yet fully confident in the vital skills that support secondary learning. Students also actively participate in Heathfield Reads which encourages and celebrates the reading that Heathfield students do beyond the taught curriculum.
This year for World Book Day, Mr Hatchard spoke to students, in house assemblies, about using their £1 book voucher. There are some excellent books that have been brought out for World Book day and cost only £1 – with students’ vouchers, they are entirely free! Students were also told more about the science behind reading and how and why it makes your brain stronger. This was thanks to some knowledge from our Science teachers who are just as keen to encourage our students to read as our English staff.
On Thursday 7 March, not only did staff and Year 7 students dress up as a book character, as has become tradition, but the VI-form also got involved in the dress up adding to the sense of celebration. Students also had the opportunity to take part in ‘Book Day Bingo’ which involved asking teachers about their favourite books.
As if all that was not enough, all Year 7, 8 and 9 classes took part in the World Book Day concept of ReadioTV. Students have also been talking about their reading, what their favourite book is and why. We broadcast here some of those clips.