Virtual Author Visits and 'Extreme Reading' Photo Competition Inspire Our Children to Read More

In the Junior School, we love to read and are particularly keen to encourage children to engage with reading and sharing stories. Last term, all the children received a visit, albeit a virtual one, from a well known children’s author.

We enjoyed reading their stories and being able to ask them questions.

Greta Yorke joined Nursery and Reception classes to read her story ‘Witch Hitch’ whilst Year 1 shared ‘The Woo in the Wild Woods’.

Both stories fitted in well with the children’s work on Halloween.

Year 2, on the other hand, have had a great time reading ‘How the Pirates Turned The Tide’ and have even made a talking parrot puppet to practise their speaking and listening skills.

World-famous author and Carnegie Medal winner Anne Fine has written over seventy books for children. She visited Year 3 and Year 4. They have enjoyed reading ‘Diary of a Killer Cat’ and ‘Ivan the Terrible’ and were able to ask the author lots of interesting questions.

Year 5 and 6 have loved reading the thought-provoking book ‘Bill’s New Frock’ and had lots of queries for the author in their virtual visit.

The children have shared that visits have inspired them to:

- Focus on reading more books

- Read more from a wide range of authors

- Explore different genres

To add to our reading theme and allow the children to focus on the importance of reading, we ran an 'Extreme Reading' photo competition.

The children, with the help of their parents, had to submit photos of themselves reading in a peculiar place to prove that there is always a good moment to lose oneself in a good book!

These were some of the entries: