Starting a new chapter on World Book Day

World Book Day. Burnley Road Academy pupils in space-themed fancy dress
World Book Day. Burnley Road Academy pupils in space-themed fancy dress

Fictional figures from a plethora of popular stories were spotted in the classroom as upper Calder Valley schools celebrated World Book Day.

Many schools took part in the international event by holding fancy dress days, reading activities and other literary themed sessions.

Among the schools involved was Heptonstall Junior and Infant School, where staff completed a challenge to read 100 books to children during the week.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth called in for the book swap at Walsden St Peter’s School.

And pupils at Hebden Royd Primary School re-designed their book corners.

Youngsters and staff at Luddenden CE School came to lessons dressed as their favourite characters and the nursery and reception children wore their pyjamas for the day.

A dressing up day was on the timetable at Old Town Primary School while teachers at St Joseph’s Primary School, Todmorden, swapped classes to read to children in different year groups.

Ferney Lee Primary School, Todmorden, held a dressing up day and also hosted a performance from a theatre group during the afternoon.

The costumes were out of this world for a space-themed fancy dress day at Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd.

Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl and The Wind In The Willows were the themes for a dressing up day at Cragg Vale Junior and Infant School, which also featured a whole school book quiz.

By dressing up as their favourite book characters, pupils and staff at Colden Junior and Infant School raised money for Salma, the child they sponsor in Bangladesh.

Headteacher Tony Greenwood said: “We had a great time as book characters.

“Some pupils - and staff - made a great effort to entertain us with their persona.”

The school also entered a team into the Pageturners Quiz held at Halifax Central Library.

Pupils Rex Roberts, Tom Nattress, Gala Baldacci and Maia Thomas-Bourne came fifth out of 17 teams.

Calder High School celebrated World Book Day with year seven students participating in an interform quiz on books and films, which was won by form group 7XA.