14 Dec 14/12/11 – Appleford celebrates ‘Book Week’ with their ‘Book Character Fancy Dress Day’ and Story Teller
As part of their Book Week celebrations, the pupils and staff of Appleford School, were visited by story teller Lizzie Bryant. They were treated to a morning of Celtic myths and legends and all sat transfixed as they listened to stories about giants, magic and epic battles between good and evil. The morning was a great success and the mystical tales really captured the pupils’ imagination.
They also dressed up as characters from their favourite books and a competition was held for the best costume. This was judged on the costume itself but also on which pupil embodied the character best. The costumes were very imaginative and included Just William, Tin Tin, Mr Bounce, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Wally from ‘Where’s Wally’!
Being a specialist school for pupils with dyslexia and associated learning disabilities, Appleford takes every opportunity to help their pupils develop a love for books. Being able to embody the characters from their favourite books, encourages a love of reading which is especially important in dyslexic children.
Book Week is a highlight of the year, with a book fair visiting and various book-based activities taking place throughout the week.
Mr Caley, the organiser of the was very impressed by the effort all of the pupils had gone to and the inventiveness of the costumes;
“Bringing the characters to life in this way is a really great way to encourage our children to read and they very much look forward to the event. It also gives us insight into what books the children are particularly enjoying each year.”