Irlam and Cadishead Academy Go Above And Beyond For World Book Day
This week, students and staff at Irlam and Cadishead Academy immersed themselves in a world of literature, enjoying a day of educational challenges to celebrate World Book Day.
Across the academy, students and teachers made the most of the reading festival by coming into school dressed in costumes based on characters from works of fiction. This helped to spark some interesting discussions about their favourite books and authors and set students up well for the day of exciting book-themed activities and challenges that followed.
In tutor time, students in every year group took part in a special quiz to test their knowledge of books and illustrations, working together to be crowned the tutor group with the highest score. Later, in one of most popular activities of the day, students got the chance to take part in a Golden Ticket search. As part of this, they were given a number of literary clues to solve so that they could track down distinctive tickets spread around the school and win the top prize of a collection of best selling books from our ICA Patron of Reading Curtis Jobling.
The day also inspired a whole-school ‘Book Swap’ where students were asked to bring in a book that they have read and would recommend and exchange it with one from a peer. The largescale swap was designed to encourage students to read something completely new, expanding their literary knowledge further by selecting a different genre of book to try.
Students also enjoy extended ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) time throughout the day, giving them the chance to immerse themselves in a book and take the time to read for pleasure. This dedicated slot for reading was accompanied by a competition where students were challenged to write about their book, with prizes on offer for the most creative and considered entries.
Giving students the opportunity to take part in fun and educational experiences like this forms part of Irlam and Cadishead Academy’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character to all its young people. This means that alongside helping students to achieve their best academically, staff strive to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education and develop in students a love of learning.
Toni Holdsworth, Principal of Irlam and Cadishead Academy, said:
“Every year World Book Day is a great opportunity to bring the curriculum to life for our students and open their eyes to the vibrant range of books and authors out there. Seeing so many of our students enjoying the day’s activities and leaving school feeling inspired to read even more is exactly what this day is all about.
“The activities and challenges arranged by our staff have been a fantastic example of what it means to deliver an Education with Character at Irlam and Cadishead Academy. We look forward to many more opportunities of this kind in the future.”