Evidence suggests that children who read for pleasure every day not only perform better in reading tests but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased knowledge and better understanding of other cultures. There is recent evidence that also suggests that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. Children's reading, however, can 'dip' during the long summer holidays.
The annual summer reading challenge aims to sustain children's reading skills and interest in books and, at the same time, build their confidence. Everything changes when we read. The summer reading challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the summer holiday. Local libraries all over the UK participate in the summer reading challenge. There is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities.
The theme for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is Record Breakers. To rise to the challenge, personal profiles need to be created on the summer reading challenge website. All local libraries are participating in the challenge and here, at Wandsworth Prep, there will be further prizes for those who join in upon return to school in September. Be a record breaker. Join in! Click here for further details.
Bridget Saul, Headteacher