Gorsey Bank was transformed into Hogwarts last week for our Harry Potter Book Night and a magical evening was enjoyed by everyone.

We were delighted with how many pupils came along to share this journey of the imagination, as we travelled into a land of spells, enchantment and adventure. The evening included Harry Potter book readings, films extracts and wand making along with other themed games and activities.

The event was the culmination of our Reading is Magic project, where staff and pupils shared their love of books in school.

It’s no secret that reading and literacy is high on our agenda at Gorsey Bank and, as a school, it is our priority to ensure all children have the opportunity to explore different book styles and genres and to discover the ones they enjoy the most.

It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm that our pupils have for reading and we’ve had some lovely responses from them to the question: Why is Reading Magic?

Reading is Magic because you can learn about the whole world.” (Reception pupil).

Reading is Magic because you can pretend to be any character you like.’ (Reception pupil).

Reading is magic because it takes you to another land and you can go on an adventure. It makes your imagination spread wider.‘ (Year 3 pupil).

Reading is magic because it makes you feel calm.” (Year 3 pupil).

Reading is magic because it takes you to a different dimension and fills you with joy and adventure.” (Year 5 pupil).

Reading is magic because it takes you off to faraway lands and takes any stress out of your mind leaving you with only happiness.” (Year 5 Pupil).

Pupils at Gorsey Bank Primary School carrying out a collaborative reading exercise.

We’re also delighted to have had some responses from children’s writers to this important question:

It opens your eyes to the inside of other people’s heads, and the landscapes they live in. Also, the characters in books will always be your friends. Always, even after you’ve grown up.” (Fleur Hitchcock).

Books show you that the world is big and varied and filled to the brim with wonder.” (Abi Elphinstone).

“... because you’re transported to new lands and faraway places, taken on adventures, shown the world through someone else’s eyes, all from the comfort of your reading spot.” (Jess Butterworth).

When you find the kinds of books you love it’s magic. If I could give a gift to every child it would be the love of reading, because when you read for pleasure it changes your life.” (Michelle Harrison).

Thanks to everyone who made our Reading is Magic week such a success and we look forward to sharing even more wonderful stories in class that will excite, inspire and encourage pupils in their reading.