Since our return in September, we have been busy focusing on developing our early reading provision at Central Primary School and have launched an exciting new program called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds in line with the latest Department for Education recommendations. However, we are also very aware that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.
With this in mind, we decided to launch a Reading Extravaganza Project in March to promote reading for pleasure.
The extravaganza kicked off with a visit from the Travelling Book Fair. We enjoyed opening our doors to parents and carers after school for the book fair and raised a whopping £246.58 that the school can now spend on books to go directly into classrooms.
We followed on from this by celebrating the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day and it was a great success celebrated in style. See the blog here for photos: https://central.herts.sch.uk/25th-anniversary-of-world-book-day/
We relaunched 100 books and the children are busy working through lots of fabulous choices. We have already had some certificate winners whose successes have been shared in celebration assembly. I would like to thank Ms Riberio for all her hard work in launching and maintaining this for us.
And of course, the March Reading Challenge. We challenged the children to read at home 5 times a week throughout the month of March. For all of those who completed the challenge, their name was entered into a raffle and we gifted the lucky winners with prizes.
We are not stopping there of course and May sees the introduction of another mega challenge. This time we would like the children to ‘Get Caught Reading’ but not just reading anywhere; we want the chidlren to ‘Get Caught Extreme Reading.’