Reading Buddies needed to support and inspire pupils in Peterborough

01 Mar 2018
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On World Book Day, Peterborough City Council, the National Literacy Trust and Vivacity are calling for volunteers to help inspire reading across the city.

The Reading Buddies scheme is part of the Vision for Reading in Peterborough, which was launched in January. The vision establishes reading as a priority for everyone, outlining how the city can work together to ensure that every child in Peterborough enjoys reading and can read well.

Reading Buddies will receive full training to enable them to support reading at a local primary school. This could involve providing one-to-one support for children struggling with reading by sharing books, talking about stories and listening to the children read.

No previous experience is required to become a Reading Buddy; volunteers could include parents, business professionals, students, sports coaches or Peterborough residents who are simply passionate about making a difference in their local area.

Those interested in becoming a Reading Buddy should email sally.atkinson@peterborough.gov.uk.

Celebrating World Book Day

Reading and books will be celebrated across Peterborough for World Book Day on Thursday 1 March. Every pupil in the city will receive a £1 book token, which can be exchanged for a World Book Day book or used to get £1 off a full price book.

Thousands of local children will dress up as their favourite book characters and enjoy fun reading activities. Schools in the city are planning to celebrate in a range of different ways: 

  • The Peterborough School will be visited by the author Matt Brown, who will be running workshops with pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6
  • Hampton Vale Primary will be receiving a National Literacy Trust Literacy Toolkit full of books and resources, purchased for them by Serpentine Green shopping centre
  • Bishop Creighton Academy, East Community Preschool and Birchtree Nursery will be making class visits to their local libraries for storytelling sessions
  • Fulbridge Academy will be hosting the launch of Vivacity's brand new children's Book Bus on 2 March, with local illustrator and author Ellie Sandall running storytelling sessions with children from the school
  • Gunthorpe Primary will be holding a book swap day ahead of World Book Day, with free books provided for children from the school
Serpentine Green shopping centre in Peterborough will also be hosting World Book Day activities on 3 March, with storytelling sessions, a reading corner, arts and crafts area and a competition for best fancy dress. Families will also be able to pick up free books to take home.