CHILDREN are letting their imagination run wild as they mark National Storytelling Week.
Youngsters at Riders Infant School in Leigh Park are seeing a variety of guests visit their school to read them stories.
It all fits in with the aims of The News’ Read All About It campaign to boost literacy in schools.
The school is celebrating all week with people from across the community coming in to tell the children stories –from elderly people to the local vicar.
Teachers from the junior school will also be going in to read stories and the school library service will be taking part in the storytelling too.
Sue Holdway, deputy headteacher, said the story scheme was hugely beneficial to the children.
‘All the time we are looking to expand children’s experiences and to develop their love of reading,’ she said.
‘This is a fantastic way of doing that.
‘It’s very relaxed and enjoyable. You can see in their reactions to it. They are always ready for a story.
‘Children stop you in school and ask if they can read with you. It’s encouraging for that to happen.’
‘It’s obvious that they enjoy stories a lot,’ she added.
‘It’s the social interaction part of it that they like.
‘In a classroom we can tell them a story and relate it to their own life.
‘That means a lot to them. We can bring it to life.
‘It’s good to promote reading and show that it’s something that everyone can enjoy.
‘For us, helping our children to learn to read is the number one priority.
‘They can leave our school ready to move on.
‘It gives them that confidence. Helping them to learn to read is everything.’
And Mrs Holdway added that it was helpful for the children to have a variety of different people reading to them.
‘It helps them to realise that reading is something everyone does and everyone can enjoy.
‘They can see the bigger picture and how it will affect them for the rest of their life. They love it. They are totally engaged.’
On Friday, parents will be joining their children in school dressed in their pyjamas for bedtime reading.