Our Young Readers Programme provides Summer Literacy Festival Day to mark finale of Ark Elvin’s Summer School Provision

27 Aug 2021
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Today the Young Readers team delivered an exciting Summer Literacy Festival Day with 74 students from Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley, as part of their summer school provision which has been taking place over the last two weeks.

The event was held as part of Ark Elvin Academy’s summer camp which supports the academic catch-up and wellbeing of of their pupils across Years 7 to 10.

The activities were created to inspire joy and boost confidence, helping students be creative and develop their literacy skills. This jam-packed day of activity was designed to provide social and educational opportunities for pupils while on their summer holidays, to support their learning, ready for school resuming in September.

This special literacy day marked the final event of the summer holidays before school starts again.

Children took part in a variety of workshops in groups, with the Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) exploring storytelling through gaming, they wrote and performed their own poems with poet Theresa Lola in a performance poetry session, created their own comic illustrations with comic artist Kev Sutherland and participated in some special football and literacy activities with the Queens Park Rangers Trust.

What’s more, all participating students also got to take home two books of their choice from a range of titles including The Book of Hopes, edited by Katherine Rundell which were generously provided by Bloomsbury Publishing. The students also received a very special video message from various authors included in The Book of Hopes to inspire them to get into reading for fun!

"We've had such a great day with the students at Ark Elvin Academy! It's been a real privilege to be part of the school's summer camp of amazing activities and we hope the students got a lot out of today! I was really impressed with the ideas and interest they had in each of the different workshops. Huge thank you to all our brilliant workshop leaders! After what's been a difficult year, it's wonderful to see young people being active,creative, learning news things back in person and having fun!

Lizzie Jones, Programme Manager for the National Literacy Trust's Young Readers Programme