Read for My School: launch complete, school sign-up underway!
It’s been a busy month for Read for My School, the new national schools reading competition that Booktrust is running in partnership with The Pearson Foundation and with support from the Department for Education.
We kicked off with a celebratory launch event on 1 October at The Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. Our passionate spokesperson, Jeremy Strong, of The-Hundred-Mile-an Hour-Dog fame, reminded the audience, which included local MP Don Foster and Chair of Bath Council Rob Appleyard, exactly what the initiative is for: getting children to experience the pleasure of reading.
He said: 'Being able to enjoy reading is probably the most important tool you can give a child – it will be with them for the rest of their life.' Jeremy’s speech from the event can be downloaded from his website.
To prove just how much fun can be had around reading, a class of year 6 pupils from Oldfield Park Junior School joined Jeremy on stage to perform eight fantastic poems they had written especially for the launch. Each poem centred on one of the eight categories that children are being challenged to read books from when the competition commences in January. The performers in the winning group, selected via a very technical process of measuring audience cheers, can be seen with their prize of a signed copy of Jeremy Strong’s book Cartoon Kid in the photo below.
Following the launch, Read for My School scooped some great media coverage including an article in Teach Primary and this write-up in The Telegraph
Since then, schools have been signing up for Read for My School in their droves. We’ve currently got over 800 registered, but would love for it to be over 1000 by the end of the month, so make sure your local schools know that they can take part for FREE by registering NOW!
More information about Read for My School
Photos courtesy of www.capturethespirit.co.uk