Hazel Class – Home Learning Thursday 4th March

Welcome to Hazel Class World Book Day. Today is all about having fun, enjoying yourself and the love of reading. There are a number of fun tasks for you to enjoy and complete today – please feel free to send any pictures of your tasks to the class email address – hazel@st-clares.lancs.sch.uk

Task 1: Book Path/Carpet

I would like you to carpet the floor wall to wall in books or make a line of books into a path that leads throughout the house. Discuss the books, which book did they like best and why. What part did they like best. Would you like to read it? Children are sure to locate a forgotten favourite or an unknown book and want to read/hear. Share these books with your children.

Task 2: Extreme Reading

Now for abit of fun. Using the books that you have rediscovered, can you complete this challenge?

Ask your parents to take photos of you reading in extreme or unusual places on their tablets or smartphones and email them to class email address. We can then display theses on our class World Book Day blog. Google ‘extreme reading’ for inspiration – be imaginative.

Task 3 – Design your new character

Can you to design a new main character for our story? Think of your favourite farmyard animal, is it a pig, cow or even a llama? Draw, colour and label your new character. Using your adjectives, can you describe your new character, what will it look, smell, sound and feel like? Write a list of adjectives under your character. 

Task 4 – Farmer Duck front cover

Now that you have designed your new character, it is time to design your own front cover.  Did you know Farmer Duck was first written 30 years ago? I think it is time to update our story to 2021. Can you design a new front cover for our story – remember to include your new character, the name of the book (Farmer *new character*) and the authors names (Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury). Please send your pictures in to the class email address. We can use these as the front cover of our Farmer Duck stories in the next few weeks.

Task 5 – Build a reading den

Reading dens are special spaces to curl up with a book. They don’t need to be extravagant or permanent – in fact temporary dens, built from household objects are best. There are loads of different ways to make one. Challenge your child to use a rug, sheet or even a pile of cushions to create a cubbyhole in an unexpected place. You could turn a huge cardboard box into a reading castle, or drape a rug or sheet over a washing line to create a reading tent. To turn a den into a reading den, just add cushions, blankets… and books! Now that you have built your reading den, it is time to kick back and enjoy some books. Get a drink, some lovely snacks and sit back and enjoy the rest of the day with your favourite books in your new reading den. Enjoy.

More Useful World Book Day Information and Links


  • Puffin Books will be airing 20 minute story time sessions every weekday at 3.30pm on their YouTubeInstagram and Facebook channels, with separate sessions for ages 0-5, 6-11 and 7+, including readings and draw-alongs from brilliant authors and illustrators to help children connect with the stories. 
  • Julia Donaldson will be performing stories, songs and poems every Thursday at 4pm on The Gruffalo Official Facebook page, joined by her husband and a host of illustrators she works with, including Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb, Lydia Monks, David Roberts and Nick Sharratt
  • Stay At Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram @oliverjeffers – Oliver will be reading one of his stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm
  • Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is reading How to Train Your Dragon in daily chapters on her YouTube channel along with writing tips and drawing
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce will be reading The Astounding Broccoli Boy on Instagram @frank_cottrell_boyce
  • Joanna Nadin’s Story Shenanigans – Joanna Nadin will be reading from Penny Dreadfuls and more every day on Instagram Live @jonadin and on YouTube
  • Watch The Biggest Book Show on Earth – Author and Illustrator Extravaganzas for younger and older readers
  • A.F. Harrold Limited Edition Kids Poetry Podcast (AFHLEKPoPod) – released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next seven weeks 
  • Piers Torday will be reading from The Last Wild and offering creative workshops for children every day from 2.30pm on Instagram
  • Tune in to Philip Ardagh’s Books and Things, where he will be reading from his books as well as showing some of the odder items from around his home, on YouTube
  • Author/illustrator, James Mayhew will be doing a Storytime at 3pm to round off the school day on YouTube
  • Join Sarah Crossan‘s poetry workshops for older readers (11+) and adults, Monday to Friday at noon on Instagram 
  • Publishers, authors and illustrators are happy for you to create and share your own readings of books online for children to access – please follow their guidelines
  • Check out the Facebook Page @AuthorEventsOnline organised by Caryl Hart with videos and livestreams created by picture book authors and illustrators for kids, teachers, parents and carers
  • Watch illustrator Richard Jones doing a special reading of his new picture book Perdu on YouTube
  • Enjoy the wonderful Sue Hendra doing a special reading of Barry the Fish with Fingers (featuring Betty the dog) on YouTube
  • Have a look at BBC Bitesize with three new lessons every weekday including videos, activities and more


  • Draw-Along-A-Lenton – Illustrator Steven Lenton shows you how to draw some of his popular characters including Shifty McGifty, Cruella de Vil and Slippery Sam 
  • David’s Draw Together – join David Roberts and find out how to draw Ada Twist, Scientist, and more on Instagram
  • Draw with Jim Field – draw along with Jim Field, starting with Frog from Oi Frog!
  • #Drawing withSarah – learn to draw favourite characters with illustrator Sarah McIntyre, including Grumpycorn
  • Draw a ladybird and more with Lydia Monks, illustrator of What the Ladybird Heard on Instagram
  • Watch Jon Burgerman‘s goofy art show It’s Great to Create on YouTube
  • Look out for Noel Fielding‘s #artclub on Instagram 
  • Draw with Ed Vere every Wednesday and Friday morning on Instagram
  • Do Some Drawing with JB – Guardian cartoonist and illustrator, Joe Berger shares his drawing tips and tricks on Instagram
  • Let’s Draw… learn to draw animals from the World Book Day book, Where Are You, Puffling? with Gerry Daly on YouTube


  • In the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone, you can access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development
  • BookTrust’s Home Timelaunched with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, is full of free online books, videos, competitions and quizzes
  • Cast a Banishing Charm on boredom with Harry Potter At Home packed full of magical treats to keep you occupied including activities, quizzes, reading ideas, puzzles and craft videos
  • CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) are offering free access to their very successful Power of Pictures resources to give children the opportunity to explore their creativity through drawing and supporting them to learn through picture books, which has a direct and positive impact on children’s literacy – includes readings, draw-a-longs and teaching notes.
  • Inject some poetry into your home-schooling with CLPE’s PoetryLine website, full of resources, films and hundreds of poems to discover together
  • Creative activities for children of all ages, including inventing your own superhero, making a pop-up book and much more from the British Library. The British Library has recently published How To Give Your Child A Lifelong Love of Reading to do just what is says in the title. It is a manual for parents, teachers and carers alike who can explore the world of books with their children and open their minds up to both fact and fiction. Discover 5 easy ways to encourage children to read with top tips from the book.
  • Have a go at the Pawprint Badges Challenge pack full of story sharing ideas and challenges
  • Author & illustrator resources at https://www.carylhart.com/special-projects/author-events
  • Paul Jenkins will be doing a daily poetry show at 4pm on Facebook Live
  • Creative Bursts from MoLi – Museum of Literature Ireland


It’s not book-related but it’s just as important to keep active! The Body Coach, Joe Wicks will be running daily P.E. classes for children at 9am every weekday (also available to watch when you can).