READERS at Overleigh St Mary’s CE Primary School are champion.
More than 50 pupils at the Handbridge school have become Reading Champions and celebrated their success with a dress-up day.
Literacy co-ordinator Wenda Smith explains: “The programme is aimed at encouraging the children to read more frequently.
“They have been awarded credits for every time they read at home and these credits count towards an award scheme.
“Our Reading Champions are the children who have read consistently and regularly throughout the year. Some have read every night without fail since the scheme began. It has really helped to reach some of our more reluctant readers. So many of them, especially boys, have now developed a reading habit that we hope will continue well into adulthood.’”
All children at the school were invited to dress up as their favourite book character to celebrate the success of the scheme and Wrexham author Ceci Jenkinson shared her experiences with children in Year 4. She also signed copies of her latest book Spookoscope.
Staff at the school have recently spent nearly £3,000 on new books, earned in commission from book fairs and from The Times and Walkers Crisps token schemes. The books were chosen by the children and are avaliable for them to take home and share.
After school on the reading day, parents and pupils were invited to view interactive library software which will be introduced next year and to purchase books.