Purbrook pupils arrive ready for bed to celebrate annual book week

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CHILDREN swapped school uniforms for their pyjamas as they celebrated their annual book week.

Youngsters at Purbrook Infant School were asked to come to school in their nightwear with their favourite bedtime story in a bid to improve literacy.

PURBROOK PYJAMAS       (RS)          MRW       24/10/2014 ''At the end of Book Week children at Purbrook Infant School were encouraged  to wear their pyjamas to school and read a 'bedtime book'  ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143008-4393) PPP-141024-221815003

PURBROOK PYJAMAS (RS) MRW 24/10/2014 ''At the end of Book Week children at Purbrook Infant School were encouraged to wear their pyjamas to school and read a 'bedtime book' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143008-4393) PPP-141024-221815003

The children spent a week focusing on reading and discovering new and different books.

One of the events included a musical theatre show all about books, performed by a group called West End Actors.

And it wasn’t just pupils who turned up to school looking like they were ready for bed, but staff as well.

Headteacher Lucinda Clements was amongst those wearing her pyjamas.

She said: ‘The children have had a lot of fun listening to a variety of stories from all sorts of visitors and members of staff and governors.

‘We give reading a very high profile at Purbrook Infant School.

‘We consider it’s one of the primary skills that children need to develop as early as possible.

‘We spend quite a lot of our budget in making sure that children are developing reading skills.

‘Principally, the week has been about developing in children a real love of reading and offering them an opportunity to discover more about books and the treasures that they contain.

‘We are all wearing our pyjamas to school and sharing our favourite bedtime stories.

‘They have been very excited about it and very excited about sharing those books.’

The book week was instigated by Diana Hutchins, the school’s reading co-ordinator.

Harry Stallard, six, is in Year 2 and enjoys book week.

He said: ‘It’s really good because you get to bring in your own books from home.

‘It’s good dressing up in our pyjamas. It’s so comfy.

‘I like reading because it lets you imagine things.’

Chloe Thomas, six, is also in Year 2. She said: ‘Book week is fun and we get to read lots of exciting books.

‘I like reading because you can use your imagination.’

Jennifer Baker, six, in Year 2, added: ‘Book week is fun because I like reading.

‘I am excited to dress up in my pyjamas.’