CHILDREN all over the globe ditched their daily garb and got into character for World Book Week.
While most pupils traditionally took on their favourite persona from a novel for a day, such as those at Holy Trinity in West End and St Lawrence in Chobham, St Andrew’s School in Horsell went back in recent history and took on the theme of the Second World War.
They invited the Open Box Theatre who, using innovative performances and workshops, encouraged the pupils to participate in role play, drama, movement, puppets, props, music and improvisation to fire their imaginations.
While dressed as characters from the era, the children played out life as an evacuee in 1939, participated in Operation Pied Piper, and were billeted with strangers in the country. Pupils’ relatives were also invited to share their tales and memories of the war.
Meanwhile, the staff had created cross-curricular activities around the Second World War, including brain teasers such as deciphering codes and ciphers, a training camp, investigating scientific discoveries that were made during the war, and learning the art of espionage through aerial photography.
Head of English, Jackie Wheeler, said: “We were able to collapse the curriculum for the day and engage children in activities that cut across boundaries .
“It enabled them to see the links between fact and fiction. They loved the drama activities, were amazed by the power of music as a life safer, and were enthralled with their own story writing, gaining an insight to a war that for them is so close and yet so far.”
Meanwhile in West End, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School kids and staff dressed as characters from their favourite books, from Oompa Loompas in the office to a dozen Harry Potters in the playground, and everything else between. The children also took part in a big story swap and enjoyed listening to different teachers’ chosen books.
Each class had a chance to visit a book fair to look at or buy from more than 500 titles. Each child went home with a £1 book or a book voucher.
World Book Week is held in more than 100 countries is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.