Sussex school celebrates World Book Day with Book Week

Storytime reading at school break time has encouraged pupils to read and enjoy reading more, says a Sussex school.

Image Description

4th March 2020 — Storytime reading at school break time has encouraged pupils to read and enjoy reading more, says a Sussex school.

To celebrate World Book Day all the pupils at Westbourne House School, Chichester, took part in a themed Book Week. This included fireside reading sessions with teachers and the headmaster, reading with the school dog to encourage more confident reading and dressing up as their favourite book character.

Mrs Pippa Sutcliffe, Westbourne House School Head of English, who organised Book Week, said: “Our ‘Jackanory’ sessions have encouraged the pupils to request more reading books from the library after they enjoyed hearing them read out loud. The children have also been writing the names of their favourite books on two giant world book day badges.

She added: “The aim of Book Week was to spread the love of reading and each day we focused on a different genre – adventure, humour, animals, sport, history and mystery with optional reading sessions in break times. My best moment was overhearing a group of children discussing the many ‘favourite books’ written on our giant World Book Day badge and wondering about books they didn’t recognise.

“I have noticed that some children can see reading as a chore like making their beds or tidying their rooms - I hope that Book Week has helped them to see reading as a precious gift that we are lucky to have which can open doors to the past, the present and future as well as their imagination.”

About Westbourne House School

All that I am, everything I can be

Westbourne House School is a co-educational, boarding and day Prep, Pre-Prep and Nursery school for children aged two-and-a-half to thirteen.

At Westbourne House, we uncover the magic in each child and ensure they make the most of the world of experiences offered to them here. We develop lifelong learners, cultivate curiosity and reward initiative. Most importantly, we do this within a kind, caring and happy environment.

Westbourne House School has an outstanding reputation for all-round excellence and over 100 scholarships in the last five years - in a variety of disciplines to top-tier secondary schools - bear testament to that.  However, this isn’t how we measure achievements here: we see success as achieving personal bests and being the best that YOU can be. Children often exceed their expectations.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate report (2015) found the quality of the pupils' achievements, personal development and school leadership to be 'excellent'. 

Find out more

Related stories