Read Manchester’s #BigRead – The Kid Who Came from Space
Following the success of last year’s first ever Manchester-wide Transition Read for year 6 pupils in the City, the scheme is running again in 2021. A free book was given to every child leaving primary school in Manchester to help prepare them for starting high school in September and give them a shared experience to discuss.
At the end of April, over 7,500 copies of award-winning author Ross Welford’s ‘The Kid who came from Space’ (HarperCollins Children’s Books) were sent out to Manchester primaries for each year 6 pupil, funded by Manchester City Council Education. Each child also received an enrichment resource pack full of creative ideas around the book, from out-of-this-world cookery and craft ideas to a story starter competition. Over 100 year 6 and 7 teachers were able to meet Ross in a CPD session to launch the #BigRead, and colleagues from two high schools shared best practice on how to use the book as part of a successful transition programme. Ideas and lesson plans were also made available to schools, who were encouraged to begin reading the book with pupils in advance of the summer holidays. Through Manchester Libraries, 1500 pupils from 26 schools were also able to join in online meet-the-author sessions with Ross in June.
The book is a science fiction adventure full of humour and compassion, which celebrates the joy of friendship and love, with an underlying message of striving to do your best. A perfect choice for this summer! The #BigRead is intended to encourage children to keep reading throughout the summer, following what has been a disrupted year for them at school, and to help them make that transition to their new high schools.
Ross Welford, author of The Kid Who Came From Space, said:
“It’s a pleasure to support pupils as they make the move to secondary school, through what has been a challenging time for everybody. I hope the story will give them the chance to build new friendships as they reach this exciting milestone!”
Year 6 pupils from St John Bosco R.C. Primary School enjoyed reading the book. Here are some of their comments:
“I like how you can visualise where the book is set and you can feel the emotions of how the characters feel and I also like how every year 6 is reading it.”
“I like that when I go to high school everyone will be reading the same book as me.”
“I think that it shows a life lesson to always tell the people who you love that you love them.”
If you’re interested in doing your own Enrichment Activities, you can download our resource pack.
Don’t forget that if you’re a Year 6 leaver in July 2021, you can enter our StoryStarter competition with Ross Welford as judge! Closing date 30 September. The #BigRead scheme is led by Read Manchester – a Manchester City Council campaign in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
For information about our previous Transition Reads, please click here