HUNDREDS of schoolchildren transformed into their favourite book characters to kick off a year of reading for fun.
The fancy dress day at Copnor Juniors marks the launch of a major literacy push which coincides with The News’ literacy campaign Read All About It to boost reading across the area.
Headteacher Doug Brawley said: ‘It’s all about enjoying books and literature in any shape or form.
‘Reading is the key to unlocking knowledge, even in this day and age when you have the internet – as you still have to read what’s on the screen.’
Copnor, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, has launched an ‘adopt a reader’ scheme where pupils pick a teacher to read with every day.
Molly Holyoak, 10, who reads regularly with teacher Paygen Gowans, said: ‘I never used to read at home, but now I do before bedtime every day.’
The school is also running recommended reads by teachers on its website, so children and their parents can decide which book to explore at home.
Teachers are videoing themselves in exotic places, reading extracts from books to encourage mums and dads to read to their children.
Literacy leader Janette McClintock started the ball rolling with George and the Dragon at Portchester Castle.
There is the Copnor Reading Challenge which rewards youngsters who fulfil reading goals at home with anything from colourful pen toppers to books on CD.
Mr Brawley said: ‘All you need is that one good read that will hook you to literature for life.’
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