Bradford Stories at Home

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Welcome to Bradford Stories at Home!

Bradford Stories at Home is an initiative run by Bradford Stories and supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, to inspire local families to fall in love with reading.

On this page you’ll find ideas and activities linked to the book packs that have been sent out to families through our community partners. If you don’t have a book pack, don’t worry – you can still get involved!

Keep an eye on this page as we invite you to virtual events and share activities that you can do at home to inspire your children to get reading.

Get involved

Once you have received your pack, you will need to register (it's free!) to give us permission to get in touch with you, send you activities and invite you join us in groups and at events!

You might like to join our WhatsApp groups where we’ll chat and share ideas on how to support our kid’s reading at home.

You can also join us on Zoom get-togethers where we’ll invite star guests to chat to us and answer your questions.

Group chats, activities and video sessions will be organised by age group of children (nursery, primary and secondary) and will be friendly and informal.

Register now

Register your pack to give us your permission to send you information about fun activities and support. You’ll also be entered into a prize draw to WIN one of efive£25 vouchers for Amazon or a supermarket.*

To register, please see the letter in your pack. Use your phone to scan the QR code on the letter or text us on 07874 637433 . We will then send you a short survey about your pack.

Dates for your diary

Get-togethers on Zoom

  • Story time and Origami Workshop for Children with Nabeelah (age KS1): Monday 29 March (1pm - 2pm)
  • Susannah Lloyd - Arts & Crafts with Q&A with Illustrator Paddy (age KS1): Tuesday 30 March (1pm - 2pm)
  • Liz Flannigan - All About Dragons, Building your story (5 point story builder) and Q&A (ages KS2-KS3): Wednesday 31 March (3pm - 4pm)
  • Nabeelah and Rachael– Virtual Teddy Bears Picnic with Story time & Crafts with 50 Things to do Bradford (ages 0-5): Thursday 1 April (11am - 12pm)
  • Tez Illyas – Comedy and Literature. All About writing my first book, my journey as a comedian and author - Q&A (ages KS3-KS4): Friday 2 April (4pm - 5pm)
  • Imran session for Parents – Games, Activities and Tips – All your questions about Literacy answered and Myth Busting (all ages): Tuesday 6 April (4pm - 5pm)
  • Digital Q &A with Nabeelah and author Trish Cooke – Stories from the Caribbean (all ages): Wednesday 7 April (4pm - 5pm)

To attend our Zoom sessions please register using the info above. You'll then be sent invites to Zoom sessions to fit your child's age group.

New dates will keep being added so do keep checking back here!

Using your pack

In your packs you will have been given some books for you to share with your child, some ideas to help get your children excited about reading, and some activities you can do together to extend the stories at home.

Check out our tips, ideas and fun activities
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More tips to get your kids reading!

Read yourself! Show a good example by letting your children see you reading.

Make time to read together. Set aside a time for reading for the family – after school or before bedtime. Just 10 minutes a day really does make a difference. Encourage independent reading but don’t be afraid to still tell a bedtime story.

Encourage your child to join in. Invite them to describe the pictures and guess what will happen next, or read some of the text, perhaps alternating pages with you. Keep in touch with school.

Be positive. Praise your child for trying hard at their reading. Let them know it’s alright to make mistakes.

Don’t just read books. Find reading materials that are linked to your child’s interests. It could be newspapers, TV guides, comics, websites and magazines.

For further tips, development milestones, downloadable resources from popular children’s books and input from bestselling authors, visit wordsforlife.org.uk.

Useful links and info

  • mum chatting to baby

    Speaking to your child in your own language

    It's really good to talk to your children in another language if your home language isn’t English. Find out how it can help support your children’s learning.
    Find out more
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    Peterborough libraries

    Your local libraries are free, welcoming and fun places to spend time in with your children. You can find books, as well as free classes, story sessions and learning resources online and in the library.
    Find your local library
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    Story Explorers

    Check out this new children’s radio and podcast series plus activities for children aged 7 to 11. Available weekdays at 6.15pm on the national children’s radio station Fun Kids.
    Find out more

Contact us

If you have any questions or queries, drop Nabeelah an email on nabeelah.hafeez@literacytrust.org.uk

You can also reach out to us on the Bradford Stories Facebook page.

Partners

Bradford Stories is proud to be working the National Lottery Community Fund which is funding this programme.

*Terms and conditions apply. The prize draw closes 11.59 on 9 April 2021. There are 85x £25 vouchers for Amazon or a chosen supermarket of the winner’s choice to be given away. The winners will be chosen at random following receipt of completed survey and permission to contact. The prizes are only available for families who have received the Bradford Stories: Doorstep to Digital book packs and are UK residents aged 18+. The winners will be contacted by phone, email or WhatsApp. We reserve the right to cancel this competition.

Please note: Your personal details will be saved securely according to data protection law (GDPR) and won't be shared with anyone outside National Literacy Trust. You have the right to ask us to delete your responses at any point without giving us a reason. If you would like to hear more about how we protect your details, you can contact Nabeelah Hafeez at nabeelah.hafeez@literacytrust.org.uk or find out more at literacytrust.org.uk/information/privacy-policy/