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Running a book week in your school

Added 12 Feb 2020 | Updated 27 Apr 20

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Reading, particularly encouraging children to read for pleasure, is a high priority at Greenleaf Primary School in East London. This aligns with the the national curriculum aims that children should:

  • learn to read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

In this case study we explore how the school dedicates a whole week, off-timetable, to activities and events that immerse pupils in creative ideas related to books, engaging children and their parents in reading for pleasure.

The resource covers:

  • how the school's book week fits in to their year-round, whole-school strategy on reading for pleasure
  • how themes are chosen, including a list of previous themes for inspiration
  • details of the different activities throughout the week, from assemblies to dressing up, and author visits to paired reading across year groups
  • ideas and tips for how to run a successful book week in your own school

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