World Book Day at Home Farm

Having to delay the celebrations for World Book Day due to the snow only heightened the children’s excitement and anticipation. On Monday 5th March a variety of elephants, owls, bears, dragons and witches, to name but a few of the creatures, bounced through the gates eager to get started on their day of fun.

This year we chose Jill Murphy as the author on which the activities would be based. She has written a variety of popular children’s books including the ‘Worst Witch’ series and ‘The Large Family’ books about a family of elephants. 

The Early Years selected ‘Whatever Next’ as their book. It tells the tale of a bear who creates a rocket from a box and ventures off to the moon.  The Nursery went to space for the day with a very dark classroom full of twinkly lights representing the stars.  There were various torch games, rocket building and they had a ‘picnic on the moon’.  Reception made shape aliens, wrote a list of things that they would need to take into space and made rockets.

Years 1 and 2 decided to base their activities around the ‘Worst Witch’ books. Of course, all good witches need to learn to make spells so they wrote out the ingredients and instructions for a variety of imaginative spells complete with unusual ingredients such as ‘feather of a phoenix’, ‘a dragon’s tooth’ and ‘hair of a mountain giant’.  Year 1 made spiders while Year 2 had fun melting chocolate and sprinkles onto biscuits and ice cream cones to make witches hats.

All of Home Farm came together to sing a song from the ‘Worst Witch’ play and finished a perfect day with the treat of a cake iced with a teddy bear face. Book Day celebrations were over for another year, it will soon be time to start thinking about what we will do in 2019!