Nursery rhyme stunt at East Ham school breaks world record

The event was organised to celebrate World Book Day

The event was organised to celebrate World Book Day - Credit: Archant

The number of nursery rhyme characters gathered together at a Newham school would have had Humpty Dumpty tumbling off his wall.

The event was organised to celebrate World Book Day

The event was organised to celebrate World Book Day - Credit: Archant

Altmore and Lathom Schools’ Federation in East Ham broke the world record for having the most nursery rhyme characters under one roof – 925 of them to be exact.

The event, which landed them in the Guinness Book of World Records, was dedicated to celebrating reading in honour of World Book Day.

Hickory Dickory Dock, Little Bo Peep, The Grand Old Duke of York and Old Mother Hubbard were a few of the family favourites to pop up on the day, helping the school beat the previous world record of 391.

Assistant headteacher Victoria Ridley said the federation is dedicated to instilling a love of reading in its children and hopes to build a sense of excitement for stories.

The event was organised to celebrate World Book Day

The event was organised to celebrate World Book Day - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


She added: “As a result, we wanted to mark the occasion in a very special way.

“This has definitely set an impressive precedent for future World Book Day events. We’ll continue to raise the profile of books.”

Most Read

Guinness Book of Records staff visited the school on the day to witness the record-breaking achievement and hand over a certificate.

Khushi Kambo, 11, said: “It took a lot of effort but was worth it. It’s not something everyone can do. We did it as a school and not as individuals.”

Ibraheem Miah, 10, added: “We’re going to be in the record books and that’s a big thing.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter