Celebrating the joy of reading on World Book Day

News article from March 2, 2016

Schools up and down the country will be celebrating World Book Day, one day each year to celebrate the joy of reading.

Teachers and Librarians, TAs and SENCO’s will be running events, dressing up as their favourite fictional characters and doing lots more to get their pupils excited about reading.

Literacy is a vital element in children’s development and learning, and there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure all children, no matter their background, are able to read and write. Children from disadvantaged families are more than twice as likely to leave primary school without basic literacy skills than their classmates.

WBD posterAt Tufnell Park School in Islington, Sandra an SHS Practitioner has been busy organising a celebration of language and literature from around the world. Parents have been invited into the school to celebrate the day, with a fancy dress competition for the pupils. There will also be a poetry reading and a group of children will be singing songs from around the world. It looks set to be a great event!

SHS Practitioners will be working hard to make sure that the momentum generated by World Book Day is followed through, supporting parents to read with their children at home and get more involved in their children’s learning, so that long term improvements in the attainment of children can be made.

You can take a look at how parental engagement impacts on children’s literacy in our Unlocking Potential report.

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