CHILDREN who read at home every day are entered into a weekly book raffle at a school that is putting its money where its mouth is.
The number of daily readers at Medina Primary in Cosham has more than doubled since the introduction of the exciting new scheme last month.
Playground and corridor conversations are dominated by the raffle which has captured the imaginations of pupils getting through record numbers of books.
Some classes already boast 100 per cent of boys and girls reading at home daily, with the total number of regular readers in the 200-pupil school shooting up from 50 to 120.
Blake Harriss, nine, who won a copy of Horrible Histories’ Groovy Greeks last week, said: ‘I’m so happy with my new book. I started reading every day at home since the raffles started and I’m going to keep it up so I win even more books.
‘I’m enjoying reading all the time as I’m reading faster and I’m learning new words.’
Graice Murphy, 10, another raffle winner, admits the initiative has converted her to reading daily at home.
She said: ‘I didn’t read much at home before but now I do it every day.
‘Sometimes I only manage two pages, but on most days I read a lot more.
‘I love reading because now I use difficult words I never knew before.’
She added: ‘It was brilliant to win the raffle. I didn’t think I’d get picked as there were so many children who entered.’
Vickie Farrow, deputy head and literacy manager, says the £20 spent each week to give four books away to pupils in four age categories is an excellent investment.
She explained: ‘It’s still early days, but the raffle is already having a dramatic impact.
‘The more children see others winning books they think “it could be me”. We’ve got no plans to stop it as reading is a priority.
‘What’s great about the raffle is that it gets more books into the home, and at the same time supports parents whose children are reluctant to read.
‘We recognise reading is a key factor in academic success. Not only that, but children who read well internalise the language structures and vocabulary and are therefore better writers.’
She added: ‘The children in school are really working hard to be included in the raffle.
‘As I walk down the corridor and on the playground children are coming up to me and telling me how often they have read. It’s a pleasure to hear.’
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