Tasty reads were on the menu at a school in Ashington when pupils were served up a literary feast in an initiative designed to promote a love of reading. The Book Tasting was a new venture for St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, where 28 Year 3 children from Maple Class took part in the innovative event.
The school hall was transformed into a ‘restaurant’, with each table featuring a selection of books from different genres, especially chosen to whet the appetites of the young readers.
“We wanted to entice the children into reading a range of book types,” explained St Aidan’s Deputy Head, Julie Teer, who organised the morning with the assistance of Year 3 teacher Julie Poynton.
“Book tastings are a way to get several books into the hands of students to explore in a fun, no-pressure way. They can be elaborate or kept more simple. The children completed a ‘menu’ after exploring books on each table and completing a bookmark about which books they would like to read,” she continued. “It was a great way of sharing our love of reading with parents and children, and a special time when parents and carers could spend time sharing books and reading with their children.”
The pupils at St Aidan’s have also recently benefited from a new library at the school, which is a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust.
“The children loved exploring new books – as well as the cookies!” said Mrs Teer.
“Any experience the children get to share with their loved ones is special to them. They also loved showing off our new library to parents. Any initiative to promote reading in our school is vital to growing budding readers,” she added.
“We want our children to be inspired by a range of genres and to be excited by reading.”
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