Last week we celebrated National World Book Day in style. Our festivities included a Reading Relay of classics, such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Anne Frank’s Diary; competitions such as a literary treasure hunt and review writing; showings of films and an opportunity for students to see staff metamorphose into their favourite book characters. The corridors of Clifton were filled with Maleficent, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Queen of Hearts, The Wicked Witch of the West and a plethora of colourful characters. Students loved asking questions about the stories and spotting their favourite protagonists.
In addition, Curriculum Support transformed their classrooms into Wonderland and they held a Mad Hatter’s tea party to raise money for charity. Teachers had tirelessly decorated their doors so they looked like book covers, with a splendid effort from Mr Fisher who showed his artistic skills in recreating the cover of Peter Benchley’s ‘Jaws’.
Throughout the week in English lessons student have been completing reading tasks linked to the topics they have studied, for example activities around the lyrics of Liverpool songs to complement their study of Willy Russell’s play ‘Our Day Out’. They have also had additional opportunities to visit the library and see how they can use this excellent facility in their learning.
All of these activities have been geared towards raising the profile of reading in school and highlighting to students the school vision: Read to succeed. Read for purpose. Read for pleasure. Read for power.