World Book Day on Thursday 4th March is going to be a bit different this year with so many children being home-schooled, so Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) has created a free two and a half hour broadcast jam-packed full of short readings, sing-alongs related to the books and a whole host of creative activities to inspire children at home or in school to have fun with literature.
The UNESCO initiative usually encourages children and their teachers to dress up as their favourite characters from children’s literature and the school day is infused with World Book Day activities to celebrate and encourage a passion for reading.
This year Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) has created a free two and a half hour broadcast jam-packed full of short readings, sing-alongs related to the books and a whole host of creative activities to inspire children at home or in school to have fun with literature.
Children’s Books aren’t just about reading of course, so this World Book Day broadcast also features an ‘Animal Draw-along Workshop’ with renowned Darlington illustrator and author, Liz Million.
The need for the day is greater than ever since National Literacy Trust and Experian research found that of 533 constituencies in England, Middlesbrough is the constituency with the greatest literacy need, with 55% of disadvantaged pupils in Middlesbrough leaving primary school with below average reading skills.
Middlesbrough Reads, a campaign working to improve these prospects, has supported TVMS by providing bundles of books as prizes for an illustration competition which ran throughout February 2021 to get children excited about World Book Day. Middlesbrough Reads sees the benefit of music to young readers and says that:
“Singing songs and rhymes can support language development in young children and help later reading skills. Music is also great for promoting movement and coordination. World Book Day is really important across the whole of the Tees Valley as it reinforces the importance of Reading for Pleasure and developing life-long readers.”
National Literacy Trust and Experian research found that of 533 constituencies in England, Middlesbrough is the constituency with the greatest literacy need.
The broadcast runs from 9:30am to midday on Thursday 4th March, and then repeats at 12:30pm until 3pm and is designed with children at Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in mind – though Youth Choir director and singing teacher, Nikki Lycett-Findlay, whose idea this was, says “we know older children will also enjoy getting involved, as will the grown-up children”.
Titles range from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson to Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian.
You’ll be able to watch the broadcast on Facebook @TeesValleyMusic or on their ‘Snappy Music’ YouTube Channel. All of the activities will be available as separate videos after the event via the same channels for anyone wanting to take the day at their own pace, catch up with after school, or repeat the activities.
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