The Friends of Solent Infant School have decided to hold a drawing competition for all pupils to celebrate World Book Day this Thursday
The competition is being supported by Northwood Estate Agents who do a lot of work with us.
Children have been asked to design a book cover based on their favourite book or their favourite book character for a small donation to the Friends of Solent Infant School.
We take part in World Book Day every year.
We celebrate in whatever way we deem appropriate.
The whole theme is to celebrate our love of books and our love for reading.
It fits in with the theme of encouraging children to read wherever they are or whatever they are doing and whatever the material may be.
If we can get them reading at a young age then hopefully they will retain that interest for the rest of their lives.
It helps them to develop the skills that they will need later on.
Their response to the competition has been fantastic.
One of the most important aspects is that it draws interest from home.
It engages the whole family in it, not just at school.
The parents play such a large part in their children’s education.
We want to develop that as much as possible.
We want to engage them in their children’s learning.
At home we encourage the parents to spend as much time as they can enjoying books with their children.
This sort of activity raises the profile of the importance of books.
In this day and age when so many things are technical, a good old fashioned book needs to be encouraged.
The children have been very excited about the competition.
Every child no matter what their ability or their literacy skills has got involved.
This kind of activity involves everyone.
It’s something that everybody can join in with no matter what their age.
On World Book Day we will be doing lots of different things including book sales within the school.
Pupils will dress up as Wally from Where’s Wally as a whole school theme.
And we’ve got some Year 5 children coming in from the Junior School and reading with them.
That will be good as they are really good role models for the children.
The winners of the competition, which will be announced on World Book Day during the school assembly, will be rewarded with a gift voucher.