World Book Day 2021


World Book Day is a brilliant celebration of reading and an opportunity to discover new authors and illustrators. Essex Primary School celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 5th March by hosting two WBD Assemblies. It was a little different this year, butit did not stop everyone from taking part and enjoying the fun. All participants of the assembly shared a love for reading and it was evident because of the engagement they demonstrated during the assembly, by using the chat facility and using the option of unmuting themselves. Essex staff were truly impressed with the remarkable effort children put in by dressing up as their favourite book character. Lyubov from Year 6Q dressed up as Chloe from Dork Diaries. “I chose to dress up as Chloe because she is humorous, extremely talented and reflects my personality.” During the assembly, the children took part in an interactive game called catch phrase and it was clear that children were familiar with their book covers as the books were barely revealed and the children were able to immediately recognise the book.

MC Grammars song really created a buzz during the assembly as the screens demonstrated children and teachers nodding their heads to the beat of the music, whilst trying to count all the different books that he mentioned in his rap. Visit the following link to listen to the song again.
Which of your favourite books does he mention?

Staff at Essex all joined in the fun by being masked readers for the assembly to promote the selection of books that you can get hold of when you exchange your token at any supermarket or book store.

Following our assembly, to launch the day: every class across the school focused on the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. The book touches upon important themes such as:diversity, being kind, surviving and caring for the planet. The children were enthralled and were able to immerse themselves during their live zoom sessions with their class. Children across the school were then given a task to complete linked to a particular theme. Please see below some of the examples of work shared by each year group.


Guhan Kalyanasundaram (3M)

Gurkirat (1N)


Nazeera (6H)



Yasin (5P)




National Book Token Competition


The fun does not end! Children across the school will take part in the National Book Token Competition when they return to school.


Hosting World Book Day virtually was a great way to mark the end of Remote Learning and preparing the children for the return to school.


Shakespeare Competition

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is holding a creative competition for Shakespeare Week (15 – 21 March 2021) with the prompt to explore their identities by responding to the famous Shakespeare quote from Hamlet: This above all, to thine own self be true. This can be through creating a poem, a piece of writing, a poster, picture, piece of art or even a short video.


There will be prizes available for each key stage for exceptional entries.


Children must ask for parental permission and help from parents to submit their entries. Children can share their work through Google Classroom to their class teachers and can submit entries via email to The deadline for entries is 31st March 2021.