Young readers on track for 1.8million words

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Reception pupils who have risen to the challenge and are on track to read 1.8million words this year were rewarded for their commitment.

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The star readers from Ravenswood’s Community Primary School’s reception class were each given a book token for reading at home every night for the past 12 weeks, and today they got to use them to buy a book from WH Smith’s in Ipswich town centre.

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Parents went with the children to pick a new book to read together.

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Karen Mills, headteacher, explained that the initiative came about after teachers visited Sydney, Australia last year and met with researchers. They wanted to introduce the reading challenge to help very young children improve their ability.

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

She said: “If children read for just one minute a day, they will pick up 8,000 words a year, and if they read for 20 minutes a day, they pick up 1.8 million words a year.”

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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Deputy head teacher, Alison Knox-Johnston, added: “The kids have been so excited, it’s been absolutely lovely. To be out of school with their parents and come to WH Smiths is a huge incentive for them.”

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Connor Root with his mum Sarah at WH Smiths in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Ravenswood are already seeing improvements in their students’ reading despite the scheme being in its early stages.

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