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Successful start for Beanstalk's volunteer reading helpers

A scheme which places trained volunteer reading helpers in primary schools to help children with their reading is celebrating a successful start – with even more pupils set to benefit in 2018. 

Since the summer, national charity Beanstalk, which is working in partnership with the Get Norfolk Reading campaign, has trained 21 reading helpers who have been regularly reading one-to-one with more than 50 pupils in 12 primary schools in the county. 

Get Norfolk Reading’s ‘12 Books of Christmas’

In no particular order, we have put together a list of 12 of our festive favourites.  What is your favourite Christmas-themed book?  Let us know by tweeting @norfolkreading.       

 

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (3-7 years).

"Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." But it's dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

 

A sneak peek at our themes for the year ahead…

There are just so many amazing stories for children out there, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin!

At Get Norfolk Reading we have grouped our favourite titles into 6 themes for the 2017-18 school year – one for each half-term.

As well as sharing our recommendations, we will be running competitions linked to each theme, starting with Epic Adventures in term 1.

The remaining themes will be as follows:

Seven epic adventures to thrill the imagination

Our first Get Norfolk Reading theme of the new school year is ‘epic adventures’!

I used to love getting all snug and cosy in my reading ‘den’ (made up of a duvet and pillows in a corner of my bedroom) and getting stuck into an adventure story that could take me anywhere in the world, back in time and into the future, to death-defying feats and heroic deeds.

There are so many wonderful adventure stories to inspire and entertain young readers.  Here’s seven of our favourite adventures for readers of different ages:

We have a winner!

We are delighted to announce that Laura Corrall was the lucky winner of Get Norfolk Reading latest competition. She won the beautifully illustrated books, all about Nature donated by Inanna's Festival in Norwich.

Well done Laura, it looks like Charlotte and Amelia are going to enjoy reading them with you!

Getting Boys to Read

According to a 2015 study completed by the National Literacy Trust, only 47.8% of boys say that they enjoy reading very much or quite a lot, compared to 61.2% of girls saying the same thing. (http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0003/1643/Young_people_s_reading_2015_-_Final.pdf).  This is a worrying statistic because it proves what librarians and teachers have known for many years, that it is more difficult to get boys excited about books!

Does your child struggle with reading? Visual stress could be a factor

Children who find reading difficult are at an obvious disadvantage when it comes to their education.  For a parent it can be extremely upsetting to see your child struggling to read the words on a page.  Or they might be reading hesitantly, skipping words or whole lines of text, seemingly finding it difficult to concentrate, and experiencing reading as an uncomfortable and tiring activity.

Make a difference! Volunteer reading helpers wanted in Watton

Get Norfolk Reading is excited to be working in partnership with Beanstalk who will provide trained reading volunteers to support pupils through one-to-one reading sessions in local primary schools. 

Beanstalk reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to practise reading skills and discover the magic of reading. Reading helpers need to be able to commit to two 90-minute sessions per week.

Books are dangerous! David O’ Doherty visits Lionwood Junior

David O' Doherty at Lionwood Junior School

Comedian and author David O’ Doherty, whose books for children include Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger, had over 250 pupils at Lionwood Junior School in raptures as he entertained them with the ins and outs of ‘dangerology’.  

Mr O’ Doherty’s hilarious and highly interactive talk covered such essential survival tips as knowing how to spot the hidden dangers in books (beware the scorpion on page 9!), to vampire teachers, children who are really aliens, and traffic lights that turn into jellyfish!

The Norfolk school where every classroom door has been turned into a colourful book cover

To mark World Day 2017, pupils and teachers at Wayland Junior Academy Watton have turned every form door in the school into a colourful tribute to a favourite book.

This fun and creative project has involved every pupil in the school, with the book covers chosen including classics such as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Oliver Twist, as well as more recent titles such as Stick Man, How to Train Your Dragon and The Midnight Gang.

Wanted! Volunteer reading helpers in Dereham and Great Yarmouth

Get Norfolk Reading is excited to be working in partnership with Beanstalk who will provide trained reading volunteers to support pupils through one-to-one reading sessions in local primary schools. 

Beanstalk reading helpers work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to practise reading skills and discover the magic of reading. Reading helpers need to be able to commit to two 90-minute sessions per week.

The Get Norfolk Reading Story

Once upon a time, the Kingdom of Norfolk was struck by an evil curse.

The children—happy and bright and full of stories—began to stop reading. Books lay unopened, stories went unread, and as the days went by the children grew sadder, and quieter. Around the kingdom grew a wall of discarded books, one that stretched taller, and taller, until the land fell into shadow.