Children’s author visits The Olive School to celebrate World Book Day

Children’s author Juliet Clare Bell helped The Olive School kick off our World Book Day celebrations.

The author of Don’t Panic, Annika and Two Brothers and a Chocolate Factory visited our school ahead of World Book Day on Thursday 1 March.

Juliet Clare Bell worked with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 running storytelling workshops and helping to inspire a love of books in the young children. She also signed copies of her books for pupils.

The visit was part of The Olive School’s activities for World Book Day, a global celebration of storytelling and reading. Held annually in early March, World Book Day sees schoolchildren and teachers alike dress up as their favourite characters from well known tales, and share stories they love.

Pupils loved dressing up for World Book day on Thursday 1 March. Our school building was filled with witches and wizards, Robin Hood, Willy Wonka, Fantastic Mr Fox, and some Where’s Wally? characters too.

Year 1 and Year 2 pupils who are members of the School Council took a lead in running a book sale throughout the week. The activity gave the pupils, aged five to seven years, the opportunity to put their maths learning into practice, working out what to charge and how much change to give.

In literacy lessons, pupils worked on innovation in their own stories, coming up with variations and different endings to well known tales.

Rifat Batool, our Principal, said, “Our week-long World Book Day celebrations have provided a wonderful linked learning opportunity for our pupils. Naturally, there has been a focus on literacy and story telling, but we have also given our School Council members an excellent leadership opportunity to run their own book sale. From confidently handling customer request to using their knowledge of number bonds to work out how much change to give, pupils have embraced the activity. Above all it’s been a really fun week in school, for pupils and staff alike.”

Year 2 pupil Amira commented, “I liked meeting the author because she gave me ideas.”

Safiyyah, also from Year 2, added, “I enjoyed dressing up as the kind witch who is my favourite character in my own story of Rapunzel.”


Author Juliet Clare Bell visited The Olive School, Birmingham as part of their World Book Day celebrations

Fantastic Mr Fox, Harry Potter and Snow White enjoy storytime at The Olive School, Birmingham on World Book Day

Pupils and staff at The Olive School, Birmingham embraced the opportunity to dress as their favourite characters on World Book Day

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