Last year was an amazing year of reading for us at St Anthony’s. Scottish Book Trust and the Inspiring Classrooms fund have been a massive part of our reading journey. We have been inspired and motivated to take our journey to more amazing places next year. Watch this space!
In 2017, Inspiring Classrooms funding from Scottish Book Trust and FMRC allowed us to invite comic book author Paul Bristow to the school in June for a session with P4-7. We also purchased books for our school library.
Raising more money
That was just the start. We organised a sponsored Readathon in May 2017, and the money raised enabled us to have the amazing Johnathan Meres visit the school during Book Week Scotland 2017. That was a blast! We also held our own book sale and coffee morning during Book Week Scotland. We invited parents and community member and raised £322! We donated £100 to Scottish Book Trust and used the rest to buy books for our classrooms. In 2018 we held a second sponsored Readathon and raised £700 for our new school library!
On World Book Day we invited parents and grandparents to come into school and share stories, and we also held a special assembly where each class created and acted in a drama of a scene from one of their favourite novels. Our day ended with a ‘Big Buddy Read’ where our reading buddies created a den together to read in.
"We held our own book sale and coffee morning during Book Week Scotland."
Building a reading culture
Reading is part of everyday life now too. The school has eight new themed reading areas, including woodland, castles, The Forbidden Forest and a soldier’s den, and all our classroom doors are decorated as book covers. Each week we have a Drop Everything and Read session, and celebrate our Readers of the Week in assembly. Pupils in P6 and P7 have a ‘Buddy Read’ with P1 and P2 pupils every Thursday. Each class also has two Reading Heroes. Reading Heroes help staff develop our reading culture; this year Heroes visited Waterstones in Glasgow to choose books for our new school library.
"Reading is part of everyday life now"
Most excitingly, St Anthony’s was selected by Scottish Book Trust to attend their Reading Jamboree at the Concert Hall in Glasgow in June. We were given places for 32 children to attend. What an amazing event - we loved meeting the authors and connecting with them on Twitter afterwards!
Finally, we carried out a whole school reading questionnaire, focusing on general reading habits and feelings about reading, to gauge the impact of our year promoting reading. We used this to help plan our reading campaign next year. We can’t wait for the reading joy we have planned for 2019!
The deadline for Inspiring Classrooms funding is Friday 16 November.