Activity 4: World Book Day

To help our school celebrate ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday 3rd March, we wanted our children to celebrate traditional tales from other countries. We submersed our children in stories and celebrated the world’s traditions and cultures. Throughout the week, the children familiarised themselves with traditional stories from all over the world through the use of storytelling, drama, music, films and videos.


1) On World Book Day, the whole school dressed up as characters from traditional tales. We also had a visit from a famous author who shared his love of writing and read us a book that he’d written.


1) In Year 3 and Year 4, the children listened and responded to the story ‘The Gruffalo’ in French read by our Assistant Headteacher. This was beneficial because it allowed them to draw on their knowledge of French through the exploration of a familiar story. They completed activities based on the book.

The children also listen and responded to the text, Journey to Jo’Berg in their reading skill lessons. The text provided great insight into the life of children from South Africa and the struggles people face. The children responded with sensitivity and empathy.

2) In Year 5 and Year 6, the children read the text ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela. They generated questions for our partner school in Africa to improve their knowledge and understanding of apartheid and the fight for equality. Through a Zoom call, the children were able to ask these questions to discover more, and to learn through those who experience it or have experienced if first hand.

ADD IMAGES: Long Walk to Freedom evidence


3) Collectively, the children chose a book written by an English author about English children and growing up in England. They sent a copy of the book, ‘The Railway Children’ to our partner school and the children in South Africa wrote a review based on the chosen novel. They also sent questions for our children, asking what it is like to live and grow up in England. The children loved receiving the questions, and reflecting on them.