A primary school in Harrogate were determined to celebrate World Book Day in a different way this year and embrace the changes that covid forced on their usual plans.

For World Book Day 2021 on Thursday 4th March, Willow Tree Primary School announced a ‘no devices day’ and presented children with a variety of book-themed activities for both those who were remote learning at home and those still coming into school.

Children were encouraged to read their favourite book, share a story with friends and family, bake an author inspired masterpiece, create fun and colourful bookmarks, draw characters from much-loved books and even write their own book reviews and letters to favourite authors.

Phase Leader Amy Dobrashian, who co-ordinated the day’s events, said:

“We were determined not to let the current restrictions prevent us from celebrating the wonderful world of books this year and we were also keen to encourage the children and teachers to take a break from screens and find other ways to enjoy all things books!

“The day was a great success with the children wowing us with their creativity and imaginations as always.”

Earlier in the week, Year 6 pupils had a virtual story session with reception children continuing with the ‘reading buddy’ scheme the school has run in the past, which aims to encourage relationships across different year groups.

Children at home learning embraced the challenges set for them and sent in a multitude of photos and reports of the activities they enjoyed – reading to pets, creating culinary delights and of course dressing up as a character from their favourite book.

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