Jen Harwood discusses signing up for the First Minister's Reading Challenge and embarking on your reading journey.
Schools from all over Scotland have taken up the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, are using the fantastic resources to encourage their pupils to read for pleasure and sharing their stories with us, and it’s not too late to join in the fun! It doesn’t matter when you sign up, as long as you do so before the end of the Challenge on 3 May and give yourself enough time to develop your reading culture. Small, easy to implement changes can make a big difference and with suggestions and supporting resources available on our website and in the videos below, you don’t need to look far for inspiration.
Signing up is easy, just click on the Register button on the home page of our website, fill in your school’s details and enter the number of pupils in P4 to P7 to receive your Reading Passports. For more guidance on how to register and the different challenges you can get involved with, watch this short video:
There are many different ways you can engage with the Reading Challenge, from building on what you are already doing and developing the reading culture in your school and community, to encouraging pupils to tell us about their individual reading journeys. You can engage in one, some or all aspects of the Challenge; it is entirely flexible and you can tailor it to suit you and your school. For some straight forward steps you can take to get started and ideas to create a buzz around reading for pleasure, watch this short video:
Once you register your school, you’ll have access to a whole range of supporting resources, making it even easier to take up the Challenge and go! You’ll find adaptable presentations to share with staff and pupils, learning resources, guides to building a reading culture in your classroom, school and community, celebration certificates and much more. With the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, there is no better time to get everyone reading for pleasure and embark on a journey which lasts a lifetime.
Jen is the Outreach Coordinator at Scottish Book Trust for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and prior to that, was a primary school teacher. If you would like to be featured in a blog post about what you have been doing to encourage reading for pleasure, contact Jen at Jennifer.Harwood@scottishbooktrust.com.