Fostering a love of reading

March 03 2017

READING is in the spotlight in Fishponds schools this spring with a variety of activities aimed at encouraging children to love books.

READING is in the spotlight in Fishponds schools this spring with a variety of activities aimed at encouraging children to love books.

Sports stars, authors, and even one of Europe’s strongest women have been visiting schools and spending time with pupils to hear them read.

It’s all part of Read Aloud, a month-long celebration of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Reading Recovery initiatives, which have achieved particular success in Bristol. The sessions happened in the run-up to World Book Day on March 2.

Glenfrome Primary has welcomed Mike Vigor, of Bristol Flyers, and local mum Zoe Thompson, who is ranked ninth strongest woman in Europe, as well as authors CJ Busby and Mark Lemon.

Mark, whose son Otis attends Glenfrome, has written a series of books featuring Otis and his sister Thea, two. He was inspired to write them because he felt there were not enough books featuring mixed race characters.

Mark is a Learning Ambassador for Bristol Learning City and patron of reading at Air Balloon Hill Primary School in St George.

Inger O’Callaghan, head teacher at Glenfrome, said: “We put a huge amount of resources into teaching children the skills to unlock their imagination by getting lost in a good book. World Book Day is part of a celebration of the joy of reading.”

Cabinet councillor Claire Hiscott said: “We know how important it is to give children the best start in life. Good reading skills help to lay the foundations of future success "