GALLERY: Lancing children bring characters to life for World Book Day

HARRY Potter, Willy Wonka and the Gruffalo were just a few of the characters seen in primary schools last week, as this year’s World Book Day was marked.

Lancing schools put on a host of activities to bring pupils’ favourite characters to life on Thursday.

Seaside Primary School youngsters jump for joy

Seaside Primary School youngsters jump for joy

Reception children at Seaside Primary School turned their classroom into Julia Donaldson’s world of The Gruffalo for the day, with pupils dressing up as characters from the book.

Claire Freedman’s books were explored by year two, including Aliens Love Underpants. Year-three pupils jumped into the pages of Anthony Browne and wrote a sequel to his book, Gorilla. Roald Dahl’s books were the focus of year five pupils who created dream catcher jars like those in the BFG, created Willy Wonka-style treats and concocted their own marvellous medicine.

At North Lancing Primary School, children in years five and six pushed their chairs to the back of the room and laid out on the floor for some relaxed reading time. Reception-class children looked at their chosen picture books and explained to the class why they were their favourites. Year-four pupils took on the roles of their most loved characters in a drama session where they reenacted extracts from a range of books.

Ted Hughes’s The Iron Man was the subject of year-five pupils’ fun activities, including making robots.

World Book Day was launched in 1995 to help encourage children to read and explore books.