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Visit to The Globe to watch Macbeth 

Cockshut Hill School in Yardley, part of the Summit Learning Trust, has held sessions with female authors today (3rd March)  as part of World Book Day.  World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading.  The aim of the day is to promote reading for pleasure as this has a positive impact on the life chances of children.  World Book Day has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the world. 

To mark World Book Day, Cockshut Hill held a virtual author session for Year 7s – during their timetabled English lessons.  This was with Bahrain born, Aisha Bushby, the author of the novel Pocketful of Stars, a book the students have just read in English.  ​A Pocketful of Stars was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Brandford Boase Award.

A second female author also visited the school, Savita Kalhan, the author of, The Girl In the Broken Mirror.  Savita delivered creative writing workshops to various groups of students throughout the day.  In addition,  the school also shared masked reader clips at the start of lessons and shared extracts from short books at the start of lessons.

Lastly, as part of the school’s cultural experience and enrichment, all Year 10 students were able to attend The Globe Theatre in London to see a live performance of Macbeth- their Shakespeare core text for GCSE, for free.  What better way to celebrate World Book Day!

“At Cockshut Hill we prioritise reading and books every day from our very effective form reading opportunities, to high academic texts read, and explored, across our curricula! But we pull out all the stops on World Book Day to showcase our reading culture and promote reading for pleasure even further.

I am also so pleased that our Year 10s got to visit The Globe and watch Macbeth, this was the first school trip for a while due to the pandemic, and for many of our students the first time in the capital city and in a theatre.  I know how vital these sort of enrichment experiences are for young people and I am delighted we were able to provide this at no cost.”