All Saints' School will launch its participation in the ‘100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge 2018’ at our upcoming World Book Day assembly on Thursday. The national challenge, launched by actor Lennie James (as seen in Blade Runner, Walking Dead) and shown on television yesterday, will officially begin at 9.00am on World Book Day (Thursday 1 March) and will run until 5.00pm on 29 March. All Saints' will continue to run the reading challenge throughout the Easter Holidays.
The ultimate aim is for children in schools and nurseries across the country to ‘get reading’ and reach a grand total of 100 million minutes reading time. All reading counts so they can record magazines, e-books, newspapers, comics, scripts as well as books. Every time an All Saints' pupil reads, their minutes will be logged either in their reading journals, on their book marks or as part of a class chart/record. Totals will be forwarded to myself, on a regular basis, so that I can update our progress on the 100 million minutes’ website throughout the month-long challenge.
Speaking about the challenge, Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All, the charity heading the initiative, said: “We know that introducing all children and young people to the habit of reading in everyday life can improve communication skills and drastically brighten future prospects. If just 10 minutes of reading a day can have a huge impact on a child’s development, imagine what 100 million minutes can achieve!”
Certificates will be available to individuals who reach key reading targets during the challenge.
We hope that you will support your child with this initiative and help the school to win lots of fantastic prizes for our school.
We aim to instill a love of reading within all our children. From EYFS through to Year 6 we have Project X and Oxford Reading Tree reading materials for both home and guided reading. We also buy into Reading Eggs, an online reading library, which is accessible for all both in school and at home, as well as making use of the online resource from Pearson, The Bug Club, for our KS2 children. We still have some older reading materials from New Way and PM which we continue to use to support development of reading in school. Our PTFA have been extremely helpful in providing additional funds to support us in updating our reading materials and schemes. We will continue to develop home reading material throughout this academic year.
Once children are fluent and confident readers, we provide a wide range of longer novels, and more challenging texts, by a range of authors, for children to make 'free' choices from.
We have a new library within school which we encourage our children and their families to make use of. Our Year 5 and 6 children will act as librarians, guiding children in choices they make, following training!