Book characters come alive

It was parents day at Northern Infant School in Richmond Rise at Portchester, when they came into the school to spend time with their little ones, many who were in fancy dress   (left to right) Liz Peers (38) from Southwick with her daughter Honey Pope (5)
It was parents day at Northern Infant School in Richmond Rise at Portchester, when they came into the school to spend time with their little ones, many who were in fancy dress (left to right) Liz Peers (38) from Southwick with her daughter Honey Pope (5)
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PARENTS got a peek into their youngsters’ school life as well as having a bit of book-themed fun during an open day.

About 80 parents took advantage of the morning at Northern Infants School in Richmond Rise, Portchester to see what goes on in lessons.

Previous years have taken the community and Britishness as their themes, but this year it was English literacy.

With all the teachers dressed up as Where’s Wally? and many others getting into the spirit of things, they proved that books are anything but dull.

And with activities based around favourite authors such as Julia Donaldson – creator of the Gruffalo – and Roald Dahl, as well as the treasure troves of information in non-fiction, parents were able to learn a little too.

Teacher Elaine Sell said: ‘We got a lot of good feedback at the end of it.

‘Some parents see literacy purely as the school’s job, but we all need to work together on it, it doesn’t just happen, and that’s part of what we were trying to do here.

‘I think the children enjoyed it too.’