The past few months has been an unprecedented time full of disrupted routines, homeschooling and uncertainty yet I know some of you will have used the time to complete those DIY jobs that you have always been meaning to get round to and perhaps, like me, even gardening. Our pupils have coped admirably in what has been a strange time and I am so pleased to see that many of them have been reading, more so than ever. Reading, as I am sure you are aware, is the best form of escapism and has certainly been more important during this time than ever before.
Over the summer holidays, it is very important that our pupils continue to read regularly. With this in mind, I thought I would inform you of the different ways you can encourage your child to keep reading.
The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge. Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence. This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books! More information can be found on their website: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Secondly, running alongside this, we are launching our very own OMS Reading Challenge this summer where we are challenging pupils to read a range of texts and genres over the holidays. See the attached challenge sheet for further information. Pupils should bring their sheets into school in September to share with their teacher and classmates and there will be prizes for the most boxes completed.
Thirdly, to really get into the fun of reading, we are also launching another competition: The Extreme Reading Challenge. Books do not need electricity; we can read them anywhere and everywhere. Where is the most interesting place your child has ever read a book? Whether it is up a tree or on top of a mountain or snuggled up on a hammock in the back garden, we want your photos! Your challenge is to take a picture of your child reading somewhere extreme and send it in to school. We will run a competition for the most extreme places reading has taken place; a display will also be made from the photos. All you need to do is take a photo and send to our school email firstname.lastname@example.org and add your child’s name and Extreme Reading in the subject line. The deadline for entries is Friday 28th August.
Keep checking our school Facebook and Twitter for further updates as well as photos that are sent in. If your child reads a book they really enjoy, let us know 😊
Miss S Quinn
Head of English