A love of reading at Woodside Academy shines through

CHILDREN at Woodside Academy have enjoyed a very special book week with two visiting theatre group performances and a week of book related activities. West End in Schools started the week with “What’s Your Story” and Havering based Stage to School brought their production of “HONK!” (a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Ugly Duckling) followed by interactive workshops. Children’s librarian Sally Schilling came to read stories to the children and a host of other activities included work around Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. A book character fancy dress and a book fair where children could buy books of their own was followed by a special book character theme lunch.

Woodside’s Principal Edward Caines said “The single most important skill children learn at primary school is reading. We teach this every day but this week is about really fostering a love of books with every child having the experience of live theatre to bring the stories alive.”

A highlight of the week was the book character fancy dress coinciding with World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Staff and children dressed up as favourite characters from books old and new demonstrating a wide range of reading. There were characters from Dickens and JK Rowling but most popular of all were the green-haired Oompa-Lumpas from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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