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Walpole Cross Keys Primary School

Walpole Cross Keys ‘Happy’ to celebrate World Book Day

Pupils at Walpole Cross Keys Primary were greeted by Mr Men and Little Misses when they arrived in their classrooms on Friday 8 March.

In celebration of World Book Day, our staff members came to school dressed as the iconic children’s characters, which include Mr Happy, Mr Greedy, Mr Tickle, Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Trouble among many others, and were created by the late author Roger Hargreaves in books first published over 50 years ago in 1971.

Our children were also invited to dress as their favourite fictional creations for the annual charity event, which first took place in 1998 and provides pupils in full-time education across the UK and the Republic of Ireland with tokens to purchase their choice from a selection of £1 books.

Prizes were awarded for the best costumes in a World Book Day assembly, where we also launched a week-long ‘Readathon’ challenge to encourage our young readers.

The children had the opportunity to create their own stories too, with each teacher sharing the opening of a mystery plot that class members then had to use their imaginations to complete.

The day closed with a ‘reading for pleasure’ session, which allowed staff and pupils alike to enjoy their favourite books.

“World Book Day is really important, as it helps to celebrate our love of books and reading, and allows us to come together to celebrate and share our learning together,” said Billy Overton, Assistant Headteacher at Walpole Cross Keys, which is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

“We strive to develop a healthy appetite for reading and ensure all our children read for both purpose and pleasure