During the week commencing Monday 1st March 2021, we celebrated World Book Day and the adventures that reading can take us on. Although this year’s Book Week took place virtually on Microsoft Teams and Seesaw, it was still full of fun. The week involved building reading dens, dressing up, the Masked Reader competition, a virtual author visit and much more.

 As the boys were working from home this year, they were challenged to build their very own reading den. Families got creative and built some impressive and cosy looking dens complete with cushions, throws, fairy lights and of course lots of books. Boys uploaded their den pictures onto Seesaw and many were joined by family pets who also seemed to like their new place to relax. Well done to all of our winners.

 On Tuesday we launched our exciting competition, the Masked Reader. The staff read books, disguised as a range of characters from fruit and vegetables to exotic animals! The boys loved guessing who was behind each mask and well done to everyone who managed to guess who was who.

On Thursday 4th March, we celebrated World Book Day with the boys and staff dressing up in an array of different costumes for their morning online form-time. We were also extremely fortunate to be visited by author, Peter Bently who told the boys all about being a story writer and where he gets his ideas from. Peter also answered some questions and read from his new book, ‘Goldilocks in Space’. The boys thoroughly enjoyed Peter’s stories and the experience - albeit virtually - of meeting a proper author.

Our year two key worker boys who were learning at school teamed up with a local care home, Queen’s Court, on World Book Day and read the residents a story in their costumes. Both boys and residents really enjoyed their morning Zoom call, with the residents dressing in their Sunday best and the boys winning some new books for our school library.

As well as our exciting online events we also spent time during our Teams meetings talking about our favourite books and story book characters, with many boys joining the calls from their newly built reading dens. It was great to see just how much our boys love reading and what magic a story book can bring.

‘Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.’


Mason Cooley