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11 World Book Day Ideas and Resources for Primary Teachers

Get your Key Stage 1 and 2 students revved up for reading this World Book Day on 7 March with these ideas, activities, resources and lesson plans...

  • 11 World Book Day Ideas and Resources for Primary Teachers

1 | WBD primary resource pack

A great place to start is on the official World Book Day site where you can download this resource pack, and don’t forget to check out the other resources available such as the assembly and timeline planner which you can find here along with loads of other stuff.

Get the resource pack here.


2 | Stonewall book list

A few years ago Stonewall put together this PDF featuring a selection of great books which are appropriate for Key Stage 1 that can be used to talk about different families and to address and challenge gender stereotypes.

So if you’re on the lookout for some great new books that are more inclusive, look no further.

Check out the full list here.


3 | Classic texts KS2 reading comprehension packs

These reading challenge mats provide a quick burst of comprehension practice, ideal for morning work, a short reading session or even sparking an interest in a classic text.

Each mat contains a brief extract from a classic text with a range of reading challenge questions focusing on the key reading skills of inference, information retrieval and the use of language.

There are three packs available, each of which use three classic texts. Click each link to find them:

  • Pack 1
    The Invisible Man by HG Wells, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Pack 2
    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and The Time Machine by HG Wells
  • Pack 3
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

4 | Mary Poppins teaching pack

This resource pack includes a lesson plan, extension ideas and activity sheets based around the original Mary Poppins book by PL Travers.

So, if your class are excited by the new film version, or have seen the 1964 movie, now you can share the magic of the original stories with them.

Download this resource here.


5 | New books by age group

Looking for something new to share with your class? Here’s our roundup of 21 of the best books of recent months, all sorted into key stage.

Check out the list here.


6 | Paddington whole-school resource pack

This teaching pack is bursting with ideas for teaching English at KS1 and KS2 while celebrating Michael Bond’s wonderful Paddington Bear books.

There are four lessons plans, each of which is accompanied by a selection of activity sheets. These can be used individually, or combined as part of a whole-school project.

There are ideas, too, on how your school can join together and use the Paddington Bear books as the inspiration for celebrating literacy and reading for pleasure.

Get all this here.


7 | Write a Paddington play script

Staying with the famous bear, celebrate his 60th anniversary with James Clements’ fun lesson about dialogue and drama.

And if you still can’t get enough of Paddington, we’ve also got a book topic for you here.

Download this resource here.


8 | Book review template and guide

Writing book reviews enables pupils to offer opinions based on first-hand experiences. Naturally, pupils shouldn’t be expected to review every book they read, but from time to time encouraging them to reflect on their reading is a useful activity.

As pupils are required to offer opinions when reviewing their reading, book reviews provide valuable practice at using the subordinating conjunction ‘because’, which makes them particularly useful teaching tools for meeting the writing requirements of KS1.

Download this resource here.


9 | Ten great activities for any book

This resource from Scottish Book Trust has been designed to give you activity ideas which are transferable to just about any fiction text in a primary setting.

The activities will help your pupils get to grips with aspects like plot, character and setting, and also provide opportunities for them to share their opinions about what they’ve read.

Get it here.


10 | Use maps to inspire storytelling

Immerse pupils in a spot of imaginary world-building and watch their fiction writing flourish with this lesson plan from Adam Parkhouse.

Download this resource here.


11 | Add sound effects to stories

From the clunk of the Tin Man to the thud of a Gruffalo, music can add atmosphere to children’s stories.

Here is a lesson plan with some ideas to get your pupils started.

Download it here.


12 | Describe settings with Frank Lampard’s football books

Written by Frank Lampard, the Frankie’s Magic Football series is the perfect combination of magic and football to inspire creative writing.

With each adventure taking place in a different location (from the prehistoric land of dinosaurs to the jungles of Brazil), the books prompt children to consider the idea of setting in story writing.

What techniques are involved in good descriptive writing? How can powerful language, adjectives and sensory description create effect?

This lesson encourages children to answer these questions before creating their own magical World Cup settings.

Download this resource here.

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