Alice in Wonderland takes over school to celebrate book week

Mill Rythe Infant School, Hayling Island book week - tea party''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131334-1)
Mill Rythe Infant School, Hayling Island book week - tea party''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131334-1)
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A SCHOOL was transformed into the world of Alice in Wonderland as staff and pupils enjoyed a Mad Hatters Tea party to celebrate their book week.

Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island has been celebrating reading with Children’s Book Week.

It culminated in the Alice in Wonderland day which took place yesterday.

The staff dressed as the characters from the book by Lewis Carroll.

And the children were also encouraged to dress as their favourite children’s book character, with costumers inspired by from Harry Potter, superheroes and Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Charlotte Tighe, Year 2 teacher and literacy leader at the school, said: ‘It’s been absolutely fantastic.

‘The feedback we have had from parents has been amazing.

‘We’ve had a really big turnout from all the events.

‘We are lucky, we have got such supportive parents.

‘The children looked amazing.

‘The parents have gone to a lot of effort.’

Miss Tighe said it was important to organise themed weeks to keep the children enthused about their education. ‘We have high expectations of children in schools today,’ she said.

‘It’s important to remember that you can make learning fun.

‘Sometimes the curriculum shows what we need to teach but children need to have a say in what they want to learn.

‘We have given them more experiences of what to read with e-books, recipes and comics.

‘We have tried to broaden their horizons of what things to read.

‘This week has been saying it’s not about sitting with a book you don’t want to read.

‘You have the choice to read whatever you want to read.’

Yesterday, as part of the event, the children had their lunch in the school hall which was transformed into their own ‘Wonderland’ with Cheshire Cats and playing cards. They then went outside and played games.

The school also unveiled its newly-decorated library which was themed around the Harry Potter school, Hogwarts, voted for by the children in the school.

As part of the book week, the school also organised lots of reading sessions, and parents were invited in to take part too.

There was a readathon competition organised with prizes given to the child who had read the most, and the most improved child.

Yesterday also saw dad’s and grandad’s invited in to read with their children.