At Cliffdale, books and reading are such an important part of the curriculum
At Cliffdale, books and reading are such an important part of the curriculum that it was decided that World Book Day was going to turn into World Book Week! Throughout the week, staff and children dressed up as their favourite book character and books were celebrated through a wonderful range of activities.
In the Early Years department some classes focused on Traditional Tales. Turtle Class celebrated World Book Day by completing activities linked to “The Three Little Pigs”. The children made pigs by painting paper plates, shaping playdough and developed their cookery skills when creating pig pizzas and pig biscuits! Children learnt about key elements in the story while sorting characters and making houses using bricks, sticks and straw. Staff dressed up as the Three Little Pigs and helped the children decorate large scale houses. Luckily none of the houses were blown down!
‘Goldilocks’ was the focus in Starfish Class. The children tasted porridge and shared the story using puppets to represent the characters. Further activities included a book disco and visits to the Environmental Area to search for pictures from different books. Children shared their favourite books with their friends and Paddy read ‘Dig, Dig, Digging’ to his class.
Lower School children immersed themselves into World Book Week. The children and staff all enjoyed dressing up and there were princesses, Peppa Pigs and Disney characters to be seen across the department. The children were exposed to a variety of texts including ‘Elmer’, ‘Aliens love Underpants’, ‘Maisy’s Birthday Party’ and ‘Where’s Wally’.
‘Aliens Love Underpants’ inspired Flamingo Class who pegged underwear on the washing line and made alien costumes and pretended to be the aliens stealing the underpants. Some of the children even put the underpants on their heads to look like the aliens in the book!
A ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ took place with Freya dressed as Alice in Wonderland. The children had jam tarts, tea from the pot, fairy cakes and luckily no-one lost their head! ‘Elmer’ books supported children learning different colour names and Makaton signs, while the children used glue and glitter to decorate their own elephant ears. ‘Peppa Pig’ pancakes were made and eaten in Panda Class.
Upper School also embraced World Book Week in a variety of ways. Zebra class read the rhyming book ‘Oi Frog’. The children explored the rhyming words and thought of words to rhyme with their names. Paper plate frogs were made and tadpoles joined the class as honorary members! The ‘Gingerbread Man’ story was acted out by some children who also made and decorated their own gingerbread men – the highlight being able to eat their own creations!
Books were brought to life as ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ was reenacted as children walked through sensory trays containing the different elements of the story. There was a competition to build the highest beanstalk for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and a yummy picnic for Grandma, from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ was eaten in the Environmental area. Fortunately, the wolf turned out to be kind and just wanting to make friends.
Everyone had so much fun and are already looking forward to our next whole school book event!