4th March 2020 — Storytime reading at school break time has encouraged pupils to read and enjoy reading more, says a Sussex school.
To celebrate World Book Day all the pupils at Westbourne House School, Chichester, took part in a themed Book Week. This included fireside reading sessions with teachers and the headmaster, reading with the school dog to encourage more confident reading and dressing up as their favourite book character.
Mrs Pippa Sutcliffe, Westbourne House School Head of English, who organised Book Week, said: “Our ‘Jackanory’ sessions have encouraged the pupils to request more reading books from the library after they enjoyed hearing them read out loud. The children have also been writing the names of their favourite books on two giant world book day badges.
She added: “The aim of Book Week was to spread the love of reading and each day we focused on a different genre – adventure, humour, animals, sport, history and mystery with optional reading sessions in break times. My best moment was overhearing a group of children discussing the many ‘favourite books’ written on our giant World Book Day badge and wondering about books they didn’t recognise.
“I have noticed that some children can see reading as a chore like making their beds or tidying their rooms - I hope that Book Week has helped them to see reading as a precious gift that we are lucky to have which can open doors to the past, the present and future as well as their imagination.”