Pupils at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy had even more reason to celebrate World Book Day yesterday after coming runner-up in a national competition.
Staff and pupils were thrilled to find out they had been selected as one of three runners-up in the inaugural World Book Day Award. The prize is £3,000 worth of books for the school library after proving that they couldn’t live without books.
Schools were creatively challenged to respond to the statement ‘Why we can’t live without books’ and Westfield rsponded with an original song called ‘Lose Yourself Inside a Book’.
Phase leader and Year 3 teacher Rachel Davidson came up with the song idea as the school was keen to enter something a bit different.
Rachel said: “The chorus and tune came to me while I was driving to work one morning. I had to pull over and record it into my phone so I wouldn’t forget it! When I got to school, I rushed to find our music teacher Becky Beavis and played my voice memo to her. She sat at the piano, started improvising, and we had the beginnings of a song. It then kind of took over my class for the next few days! We sang it over and over again, added verses and some actions.
“We tried to include references to different genres and to real books that the children knew about. They love the ‘Harry Potter’ wizard’s broom bit!. Finally, all 94 Year 3 pupils helped put the rest of the actions to it and we recorded it. The song is so catchy that everyone at school is usually either singing or humming it!”
Rachel said winning the prize had added to the excitement yesterday as children attended school dressed as their favourite book characters. They were even filmed by TV crews and Rachel said it was an exciting, if a little chaotic, day.
Headteacher Elaine Radley added: “We are passionate about reading – it’s so important that children read, not just to help them learn, but also for sheer enjoyment. We have 630 pupils here so we need a large number of books to cater for them all.
“Books are constantly competing with technology for children’s attention, and with this award we can choose books that will inspire and motivate them to read. Our library will be transformed by the new books and we can’t wait to involve the staff and children in choosing them.”
Publishing phenomenon James Patterson donated £50,000 of his own money to fund the prize for two years because he firmly believes every child needs access to a school library.
The overall winner of this year’s prize Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster receiving £10,000 of books.