This year, we have also asked the children and their friends and family to take part in our ‘Sponsored Read’! As a school, we believe we need to provide the highest quality resources to allow our children to flourish as young readers. This includes reading books that link to the child’s stage in phonics and books that allow our children to apply their phonic and spelling knowledge to a range of texts. We also want to provide a range of books that allow for richer reading experiences at school and at home.

Our sponsored read ran for two weeks and our second family reading morning acted as the grande finale! The children were tasked with setting themselves a ‘reading challenge’ and asking their friends, family and whoever wanted to take part if they would sponsor them to take on and smash their challenge. The children had a sponsorship form and a reading log to fill in with their parents to show how they had achieved their goal. Over two weeks, we came together as a school and proved that anything is possible as we raised an eye-watering £450 (at the last count!)! This will go an awful long way in funding new books for our already fantastic reading scheme – so a huge thank you to all of you that got involved!

We also take part in World Book Day every year and we ask everyone in school (children and adults alike!) to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters. Each child takes home a book voucher, which entitles them to £1 off a brand new book, a sticker to show they were involved in the world’s biggest celebration of books! It is always a fantastic day to show our love for books and for reading by celebrating all types of text and their authors: poetry, non-fiction, adventure tales, spooky tales, nursery rhymes, traditional tales, comics, mystery, comedy, the classics and everything in between!

This year due to some children being at home for World Book Day, our teachers have recorded some videos to share of their favourite stories!

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