Readers Reap the Rewards at Ellesmere Primary School

Bookworms at Ellesmere Primary School have caught the reading bug with the launch of a new initiative to get them excited about literature.

The ‘Reading Champions’ initiative is part of the school’s commitment to ensuring that ‘no child gets left behind’, and will see prizes awarded each half term to children who pick up a book at least five times per week at home.

Winners are invited to an afternoon of cakes, drinks and discussions about books and authors: they are also given the opportunity to purchase a brand new book.

Alongside an individual reading champion from each class, the class with the highest overall percentage of children reading at home, are awarded with £50 to spend on new equipment for their classrooms.

Ellesmere Primary School’s Reading Link Governor, Julie Clewes, presented the very first award to Year 2, with the £50 prize donated by Ellesmere-based Steam ‘n’ Clean.

She said: “The children had quite clearly been focused on the competition throughout the half term; they knew exactly what they were spending their winnings on and were clearly very proud of themselves.”

Year 2 teacher, Sarah Jarvis, said: “We are extremely happy to have won as the children have worked incredibly hard to improve their reading at home since September. We’ve spent the money on equipment for the class, including an electric pencil sharpener, which is very popular with the children, and has helped to inspire them to try even harder next time!”

Year 5 have made an early bid in the hope of becoming the next ‘Reading Champions!’

Year 5 teacher, Mrs Masey, said: “I am unbelievably proud to announce that we have done it! We’re the first class EVER to achieve 100% in the weekly reading challenge! Every child managed to remember to get their records signed, bring them in and most importantly, read a minimum of FIVE times.The bar has been set and Christmas has come early for me! Well done to all my class, reading is the key to success – keep it up! “

Ellesmere Primary School joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in September 2016 and is now in the middle of an ambitious programme of transformation.

Classrooms have been significantly upgraded with fresh fittings and state-of-the-art kitchen areas, new flooring and heating systems have been installed and the car park has been made safer.

The school was highly praised in last year’s ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection and pupil numbers are on the rise.

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