21st November 22
On Thursday 17th November, TGS pupils in Reception, Form 1 and Form 2 were delighted to celebrate Julia Donaldson Dress Up Day.
Children were invited to dress up as their favourite Julia Donaldson character and listen to special readings of the author’s terrific books. With stories filled with amusing alliteration, rhyme schemes, and impactful illustrations, the books are a great way to share literary techniques from an early age. On top of that, the books are great fun for parents and children alike!
Children aged 4-7 years dressed up in astounding costumes of characters from Julia Donaldson’s books. Popular characters included Zog the dragon, the Highway Rat, Stickman, the Gruffalo, and more. They enjoyed a special morning assembly introducing the author before breaking out into a carousel of activities with their peers. The day’s in-classroom activities included crafting Stickman artwork, solving maths and language word problems based on her books and hunting for a hidden Zog plush using clues.
Our Reception class participated in a science lesson based on the book ‘the Gruffalo’s Child’, a story set in a snowy forest, by discussing the natural phenomenon of the snow cycle. The children then worked in small groups to recreate snow with baking soda and water. They had lots of fun making their own snowman decorated with googly eyes and sticks!
At The Gower School we celebrate several author days throughout the year, inlcuding our annual Readathon and Roald Dahl Day. Special days like Julia Donaldson Day are not only a fun opportunity for children to express their love of reading and unleash their creativity, but also a way to promote a love of reading by integrating books into all aspects of learning.
Photos of Julia Donaldson Day’s book-inspired activities can be viewed on our Facebook page.