Story characters come to life at Overstrand’s Belfry School
October 21, 2011

Fantastic Mr Fox stepped out of the pages of Roald Dahl and into a north Norfolk classroom where he enjoyed a fantastic time with the likes of Alice in Wonderland, a number of hobbits and countless other storybook characters.

Pupils at Overstrand’s Belfry School dressed up as fictional favourites to mark the end of a six-week project all about books.

Their studies included reading, writing, designing and making books, according to head teacher Titus Cotton. And the school council decided to round-off the whole-school project with a fancy dress celebration.

“One boy came as Edgar Allan Poe with a cravat, slicked-down hair and a painted moustache,” said Mr Cotton, who turned up for school dressed as Wally from Where’s Wally? “We also had an Andy McNab in khaki fatigues, Ray Bradbury’s Illustrated Man, covered in tattoos, and one boy said he would go as the Invisible Man – and wouldn’t turn up to school!”

Events also included a book fair, run by the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, a mass read-in involving all 105 pupils, aged four to 11, and competition for the best handmade bookmarks.

Mr Cotton added that the project had been hugely successful. He said: “It’s given them an absolute love of books.”

Source: EDP24 Website