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Heronswood Reading Challenge 2020

Pupils at Heronswood Primary School have been hard at work during a sponsored reading event which challenged them to read for as many minutes as possible over a two-week period. Reading could be in any form and this resulted in an increase in the number of books that the pupils were exposed to. The pupils' positive attitudes to reading was evident from the second the event started, many rushing to grab their books and read at break and lunch times.


Pupils read a range of literature; from newspaper articles, poems and reports to magazines, scripts and fictional texts. Pupils responded to the challenge admirably, some reading over 13 hours each, and most increased their reading beyond expectations both in school and at home.


“One of our pupils took a book out at play when he never does normally.” Year 5 teacher


“My son chose not to go on his Xbox and was extremely excited to read instead.” Year 4 parent


A grand total of over £1400 was raised during the event which, in these current difficult times, is a commendable achievement. The money that has been raised will be put towards reading sheds within the school grounds. The sheds will be purpose built and stocked with brand-new books purchased from Usborne Books, who have kindly offered to give an additional 60 percent of the money raised in the form of new books.


This is a fantastic achievement for all the children involved and staff and children alike would like to thank all of those who gave any amount that they could in such unprecedented times.