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Grantham pupils take on reading challenge for World Book Day




Youngsters at Huntingtower Primary Academy in Grantham have been preparing for World Book Day by taking part in a series of mini reading challenges.

Pupils across the entire school have been challenged with reading books in different scenarios including reading by torch light, reading outside, being able to read a set of instructions and even reading a story to their pets.

They were also tasked with writing a book review on one of the books that they had read as part of the challenge, reading a story while wearing their pyjamas, reading to their favourite cuddly toys, reading a recipe book and taking a trip to a library.

Evie takes her book outside to read in the sunshine. (7609885)
Evie takes her book outside to read in the sunshine. (7609885)

Pupils embraced the challenge, particularly during their half-term break last week, and have been posting photos on the school’s Twitter page of them in action as they complete each challenge.

Emma shows off her baking skills by reading a recipe book first. (7609889)
Emma shows off her baking skills by reading a recipe book first. (7609889)

Steve Rose’s daughter, Aimee, a pupil at the school, has enjoyed ticking off all her challenges.

Steve said: “Huntingtower has found an innovative and fun way to celebrate World Book Day by challenging the pupils to read books and other material in unusual circumstances.”

Aimee reads to her pet cat Bob. (7609887)
Aimee reads to her pet cat Bob. (7609887)

Headteacher Emma Harkins is pleased with the effort that all the pupils have made with the school’s latest reading challenge.

She said: “We want to encourage of all our pupils to be positive about reading so we set lots of reading challenges throughout the year.

“This was an optional reading challenge that one of our teachers suggested doing in the run up to World Book Day which takes place tomorrow.

“In addition, some of the pupils will be reenacting the story of The Gruffalo using Makaton.

Emilia concentrates on reading a set of instructions. (7609891)
Emilia concentrates on reading a set of instructions. (7609891)

“We are really passionate about being part of the community and so one of the challenges was to visit a library and take a book out. It didn’t have to Grantham Library as we have a very established library within the school with librarians and reading clubs.

Freddy takes a trip to the library. (7609896)
Freddy takes a trip to the library. (7609896)

“Every pupil that completes the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win some books.

“We like to reward effort and motivation to do well is strong. One of our older pupil’s read in excess of a million words in six weeks.”

Seth reads out loud to his pet pooch Moose. (7609894)
Seth reads out loud to his pet pooch Moose. (7609894)


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