World Book Day is an amazing opportunity to celebrate reading, books, characters, authors, and just the joy of words! Over the past few years we have very much enjoyed the scope that the event gives us for promoting reading within the school, and the chance that it gives us to teach unconventional or unusual lessons purely for fun.

This year we decided to enter the World Book Day competition. The theme for this year, of ‘Flight’, was released in mid-January, and we decided to use that theme as the basis for reinvigorating the library. We managed to involve every member of the school community in this challenge, and we’re really grateful for the time that so many people took in order to help us promote reading across the school.

Each member of the school community (including parents) recommended books which they felt another group would enjoy. These recommendations were written onto flying objects and were used to decorate the school library. We completely transformed the room by doing this, including painting the mezzanine level blue so that the ‘flying book recommendations’ would have a sky in which they could float.

The textiles department made a giant rocket for students to read under, and chairs were replaced by giant, comfortable floor cushions in fire colours, to represent the flames of the rocket. The maintenance team turned one of the book cases into a rocket, which was painted by some of the students. We also covered the back wall of the library in starry black sky to represent space; and we’ve created a range of moveable, book-themed characters and objects which can be stuck onto that wall by students if they want to change the display.

We are delighted, and honoured, to have won a second place award in the National World Book Day competition! We have won £1000 to spend on books from a local bookshop, and we have chosen The Bell Bookshop in Henley.

We’d like to thank everybody who helped us, and we’re really looking forward to spending our prize money!