West Norfolk schools get creative for World Book Day

New library opens at Snettisham primary school in memory of chair of governors Roger Leedham who died last year. Roger's widow Wendy Leedham and son Paul Owen with pupils. Darren Wing (left) and Ann-Marie Wing (right) created the library. ANL-150503-155619009

New library opens at Snettisham primary school in memory of chair of governors Roger Leedham who died last year. Roger's widow Wendy Leedham and son Paul Owen with pupils. Darren Wing (left) and Ann-Marie Wing (right) created the library. ANL-150503-155619009

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The opening of a new library was among the highlights as schools across West Norfolk celebrated World Book Day on Thursday.

The new facility at Snettisham Primary School has been developed in memory of the school’s former chair of governors, Roger Leedham, who died last year.

Pupils at Narborough Primary School with one of the book inspired class doors. ANL-150503-155659009

Pupils at Narborough Primary School with one of the book inspired class doors. ANL-150503-155659009

Mr Leedham’s widow, Wendy, opened the £8,000 facility, which has been funded from the school’s budget and donations from its Friends group.

While the old library was located between an office and a classroom, making it a cramped and poorly lit space, the new library offers a bigger book collection and more reading spaces for pupils.

Headteacher Lee Stevens said “We are really excited by the new library. I hope it will boast the number of children regularly reading in the school.”

“We hope to extend the use to parents and carers in the near future.”

Youngsters at Walpole Highway Primary School all dressed for World Book Day ANL-150503-165029009

Youngsters at Walpole Highway Primary School all dressed for World Book Day ANL-150503-165029009

Many schools enjoyed literary-based activities throughout the week and Snettisham was no different as pupils welcomed children’s author Ben Scott, who writes under the title Max chase.

During a workshop, he helped the children write their own stories and discussed the inspirations for his own work.

A common theme was inviting pupils to dress as their favourite literary characters.

But there was a wide range of other activities to be enjoyed including African dance classes for pupils at the Terrington St John Primary School.

Youngsters from Class 1 at Terrington St John Primary School, all dressed for World Book Day ANL-150503-164809009

Youngsters from Class 1 at Terrington St John Primary School, all dressed for World Book Day ANL-150503-164809009

They also enjoyed reading sessions and book swaps throughout the week. On the Monday, parents were invited to the school for reading classes.

And a fashion show was held for children to show off some of their book-inspired costumes, with the best receiving a World Book Day voucher.

Elsewhere, the Walpole Highway Primary and the Anthony Curton Primary school in Walpole St Peter held various cultural activities and reading cafes, where parents were invited to read with their children privately or swap their books with other children.

Children were also encouraged to read privately, both during school time and at home.

Youngsters from Anthony Curton School, all dressed for World Book Day ANL-150503-164932009

Youngsters from Anthony Curton School, all dressed for World Book Day ANL-150503-164932009

Youngsters at Narborough Primary welcomed James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee, to their celebrations.

They took part in a competition for the best decorated classroom door, using designs inspired by the books they had been learning about.

Musician and festival organiser Anna Mudeka also joined the pupils to lead classes on African story telling.

Acting interim deputy head Sarah Axcell said: “Celebrating the importance of books and raising the profile of reading is a very important national and local priority.”

“We have made some valuable contacts as a result of the today who have offered to support us as we moved forward in this area.”