News from Newington Community Primary School

Characters from literature jumped from their pages into classrooms and corridors at Newington Community Primary in Ramsgate.

The school’s book week further reinforced the pupils’ love of reading and enthusiasm for literature which has been boosted by a widening range of authors made available to them this year.

And World Book Day saw a remarkable array of colourful costumed characters as pupils and staff dressed to impress and joined together to celebrate Newington’s love of literacy.

Among the characters from books and poems there were Harry Potter, Matilda, Queen Maleficent, Where’s Wally, a range of superheroes, witches and warlocks,

Teacher Freya Searle co-ordinated the school’s celebration. She said:

“This year has seen a big change for Newington in terms of our new English curriculum which is based on classic stories from a range of authors.

The children have been exposed to a plethora of authors such as Anthony Browne, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo and William Shakespeare – this has seen their enthusiasm for literature grow and their love for reading increase.”

During a busy book week programme, each class enjoyed celebrating storytime each afternoon and children experienced it in different ways including sharing stories with different teachers, enjoying a story with biscuits and hot chocolate, as well being joined by their parents to share in the sessions.

Mrs Searle added:

“World Book Day saw pupils dressed as their favourite story characters – it promotes so much discussion about different stories and characters.

As a championed author, we chose to focus on Julia Donaldson for our after school event that included activities such as making stick men puppets based on the book ‘Stick Man’; decorating biscuits for the fiendish character from ‘The Highway Rat’, and creating potions inspired by the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’.

Reading participation across the school has improved greatly over the year and Book Week is one of my favourite events as we get to celebrate reading achievements more than ever.”


Thanks to Newington CPS for this article! What an amazing effort you all put in to dress up and it really shows how much you all love reading!

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