Castle Hill Academy Castle Hill Academy

A Platanos Trust School

World Book Day celebration

Castle Hill Academy celebrated World Book Day with a community theme running throughout the day and a visit by war horses. 

In the morning the children were able to experience reading with children other than those in their class and year group; siblings had the opportunity to spend time reading together for pleasure, sharing special reading moments. 

Mid-morning saw the whole school community come together to experience a visit from War Horse’s two main characters, Joey and Topthorn, with our Headteacher galloping her horse up the school field to surprise everyone. There were gasps of delight from the whole school but especially from those children who had never seen a horse before. From Nursery to Year 6; from site managers, office and kitchen staff to senior leaders and teachers, there was a genuine sense of awe and wonder with a Year 1 child saying, "When I grow up, I want to be a horse rider!"

The afternoon saw a celebration of Roald Dahl with each year group reading an extract from a different book by the author and completing various reading challenges linked to their text. A whole school assembly celebrated and recognised the effort made by the children and their parents to fully immerse themselves in the day.

A competition to design the new school Reading Room was launched. The children have been asked to design a reading room which is linked to their favourite children’s story book. 

World Book Day tokens were received with great excitement when the children realised that they could go to a shop and choose a book for a £1. The whole day was an enormous success and the community are looking forward to celebrating the launch of their new Reading Room.