DUCKS were delighted to welcome an array of visitors to celebrate the power and pleasure of reading on World Book Day, 2 March.
On 1 March, author Jessica Spanyol ran reading and hands-on character workshops for all classes where each child joyfully created their own picture book character. Jessica is the author and illustrator of many books including Carlo likes reading, Go Bugs Go and the Clive and Rosa book series that challenge gender stereotypes and introduce STEM subjects.
Year 2 welcomed Usborne author Dr Jerome Martin, on 28 February, who has written children's books about science, history, Shakespeare and food. Before joining the independent book publisher Usborne in 2014, he spent a decade studying literature at Harvard, Cambridge and the University of Iowa. Now, he spends his working hours researching delightful and amazing facts. He shared some fascinating facts about Maya history with his captivated audience, leaving them curious to know more about chocolate and canoes that were twice the length of a bus.
World Book Day on 2 March was a whole school affair, the youngest pupils through to staff dressed up as their favourite book character. Parents’ applause filled the playground while the pupils paraded their stunning outfits. Later in the day, Michael Rosen was live streamed into the Year 2 classrooms for a story writing session.
Throughout the week DUCKS welcomed a host of ‘mystery readers’ including teachers and Year 12 pupils from Dulwich College and Sydenham High School inspiring children to read and write and develop the skill to develop happiness from within.