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Read For My School

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Sophie discovered a reading program recently and shares her thoughts on it and why you should be using it. 

When supplying at a school I came across a programme called Read for my School. I started to research into it and discovered a fantastic way to get the children to have a passion for reading. It promotes reading for pleasure with the opportunity to win prizes for the school and individual prizes. The programme allows the children to read books in their free time giving the chance for parents to support them in their learning.

Once the children complete a book they click complete and that will count towards the schools books that have been read. They will become confident readers with the opportunity to read many different genres. There are also resources for SEN and the programme includes everyone. It strengthens the whole school culture and allows children to celebrate their successes altogether.

There are also other ways the children can get involved they can share their ideas about the books which they have read. They are allowed to share their views with the freedom of responding how they want to. It is a lovely way to share ideas about reading to their family and friends or even discussing their hopes for the future. This programme has also donated 100, 000 books to the School Library in a Box programme which has distributed books to Tanzania. The children also have the opportunity to write a letter to the children receiving the books. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children and although it is unique to this programme all you need to do is search for local events which are similar to this programme.

When I told the children that is what we were doing in the afternoon they were bursting with excitement. They could not wait to tell me all about it and how it works. The benefits to the children are extremely useful. It is definitely something worth looking at. Although this programme is only on for 3 months there are often reading challenges at the local library or other venues. Such as a reading marathon at a library and how many books they can read over the summer. Events like this encourage the children to read different books and become involved with writing about the book. You could even set a reading challenge in your class if there are no events happening at the moment. A brilliant competition idea which gets the children’s imaginations flowing. 

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