Spring Reading Challenge

11th February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

To encourage a love of reading and develop the habit of reading widely and often, we are launching our Spring Reading Challenge ‘Reading Around the World’.

Every child from Foundation Stage to Year 6 has been given a Reading Around the World passport today. Over the next 6 weeks, we would like them to try to read books that take them to as many different countries as possible.

Perhaps they will visit Australia by reading Michael Morpurgo’s Wombat goes Walkabout or visit Norway by reading one of Alf Proysen’s Mrs Pepperpot stories or even dash all across Europe, visiting Paris, Munich, Budapest and Istanbul by reading Sylvia Bishop’s The Secret of the Night Train.

When they have read a book, they should update their reading passport and collect a stamp for their passport. EYFS and KS1 children should collect their stamps from their class teacher. KS2 children should collect their stamps from the library on Mondays or Wednesdays between 1.15 and 1.30pm. They could also calculate how far they have travelled. There are various free online calculators to work out kilometres travelled such as: https://distancecalculator.globefeed.com/World_Distance_Calculator.asp

On Friday 22nd March, every child needs to give their passports to their class teacher in order to receive a Reading Around the World certificate in Celebration Assembly on Friday 29th March. They will receive a bronze certificate for reading 4 books, a silver certificate for reading 8 books and a gold certificate for reading 12 books. Books can be read independently or with an adult. The goal is to promote and develop a love of reading! We hope that every child will engage with this reading challenge and ask for your support to help them to succeed. Please visit our website to find Reading Around the World booklists for EYFS/KS1, Y3/4 and Y5/6. You could also use the Book Trusts free bookfinder tool: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder.

Or of course, please ask your child’s teacher or one of our amazing librarians for help. Our school library is open everyday between 8.30 and 8.45am.

World Book Day Plans 
To support this reading challenge in school, on World Book Day (Thursday 7th March), we will be celebrating stories from around the world. Each class will read a book that takes them to a different country and will be asked to wear clothes in the colours of that country’s flag. On the afternoon of World Book Day, they will celebrate the country they have visited with their class.

We look forward to hearing about all of the countries and places that the children visit and to celebrate our continued work to value and promote the joy of great books and reading!

With best wishes,

Mrs Walmsley and the Literacy Team