As you will be aware “Reading for Pleasure” has been a focus for our continued curriculum development. Throughout the year we have introduced several initiatives that have yielded very positive results. The library has been revamped with new texts and organized to highlight the different genres of reading, the children have been contributing to blogs and assemblies by leading discussions on different genres, and we have allowed the children to take ownership over the texts that are purchased within schools with the introduction of Recommended Reads. We have also introduced our Reading Dogs that highlight the many different facets of reading outside of decoding.
Following recent parental feedback, we have decided to introduce a sponsored read. We feel this would be a great initiative for the children’s love of reading to go towards helping a much needed cause. For this reason, we have chosen the programme ‘Read for Good’. All the money raised by the sponsored read goes towards purchasing books and regular visits from professional story tellers in all of the UK’s major children’s hospitals. As well as supporting such a wonderful cause, the school will receive a Scholastic book voucher worth 20% of everything raised. A star pupil will also receive a National Book Token to the value of £10.
The process is a fairly simple one! Alongside this letter, each child has been given a Sponsor Card. The children get to choose what they are sponsored for. They could be sponsored by how many books they read, how many pages they read, or they could simply agree to read for 10 minutes each night. The sponsor then agrees on an amount that they will donate in total. You can pay online (through readforgood.org/sponsor) or by cash/cheque (in an envelope with your child’s name on) through the school.
As ever, we would like to thank you for your continued support. It has been a real pleasure looking through the diaries throughout the year to see the children taking ownership of their reading. The support that is given to the children to reflect on their reading has also been all the more evident this year. We can see that a love of reading is truly starting to develop within and outside of school, and we hope to see this continue in the future.
The sponsored read will begin from Friday 25th May and will finish on Friday 1st June. The children should collect their sponsorship by the end of the week. The Sponsor Cards should be in by the end of the week (though they can still bring them in after half-term).
If you have any questions or queries about the sponsored read, please do not hesitate to get in touch.