Children develop a love for reading after challenge

WE DID IT! Pupils from Newtown Primary School with their reading challenge awards, parent helpers and learning support assistants. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131135-1)

WE DID IT! Pupils from Newtown Primary School with their reading challenge awards, parent helpers and learning support assistants. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131135-1)

From left, deputy head girl Sayeeda Nur, Head Girl, Genevieve Wilks, Justin Heath from The Haven, with deputy head girls Esther Pilling and Rosie Tredray

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PUPILS have been burying their heads in books as part of an exciting reading challenge.

Children at Newtown Primary School in Gosport were tasked with reading six books in six weeks.

It was aimed at getting as many children and adults reading as possible.

It links in to The News Read All About It campaign to boost literacy in schools.

The topic was called Read, Read, Read.

Everyone who completed the challenge received a certificate and badge, plus a raffle ticket.

The number of children taking part in the reading challenge more than doubled compared with last year, with 188 children and 32 adults taking part.

Librarian Carolyn Payne said: ‘We’re impressed with the effort people put in this year to get on board with it. It’s a magnificent result for us. It’s a vital life skill – more so these days than it ever has been before. If you can’t read you can’t access so many things.

‘What we are trying to get the children to realise is that they can read for pleasure. We want them to get enjoyment from it.

‘The more opportunities we can give them to have a go at different things, the more they realise what’s out there.’

Children had their own ‘passport’ stamped when they had finished a book.

The books included picture books, comics or newspapers, information books, poetry or rhymes.

There was also a wild card where some people used e-books, audiobooks, recipes, emails and other unusual reading material to help complete their challenge.

Mrs Payne added: ‘We tried to make the categories broader so they found something that would appeal to everyone.

‘We tried to get them all to incorporate something to do with poetry or newspapers, or comics or magazines to give a wider range of materials.

‘Some children tried other things they hadn’t tried before and discovered a liking for it.

‘Some of them were proud of themselves.’

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