David Lloyd centre work progresses
WHEN youngsters from a primary school were asked to dress up as their favourite book characters they let their imaginations take over.
Characters from classic and modern children’s novels, comics and non-fiction books walked the corridors and learned in the classrooms of Mangotsfield C of E Primary School during its World Book Day event.
With 19 classes and 570 pupils getting into the spirit of the event, there was a wide array of heroes and villains, witches and wizards, Olympians, superheroes, giants, aliens and even a few crocodiles and rats.
The school made its book day part of a week of events including a book fair, book swaps in class and an evening bedtime story session where key stage one youngsters came back to school in their pyjamas to be read a story in class, along with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit.
Assistant head teacher Kirsty Croasdale – who dressed up as Winnie the Witch for the day – said: “As we have done it more and more each year, the more members of our school family have become involved.
“Even the reading assistants and support staff dress up – we had Miss Trunchbull in the front office – and it helps to make the event that much more exciting for the children.
“It’s always great on days like this when you’re walking around school and the children are asking you which character you are. There was a real buzz on the front gate as the children were coming in wearing their costumes.”
The school held a competition to find the best costume, with plenty of work going in to some imaginative and inventive entries.
The winners – chosen with some help from the Voice – included Mr Impossible, Gangsta Granny, Peggy from Swallows and Amazons and a robot with a bird living in his heart, from The Robot and the Bluebird.