Great Yarmouth school gives students hand-picked books to boost literacy over the Christmas break

Pupils from St Nicholas Priory Junior School receiving book gifts from the school to help boost literacy.

Picture: James Bass Pupils from St Nicholas Priory Junior School receiving book gifts from the school to help boost literacy. Picture: James Bass

Saturday, December 21, 2013
8:30 AM

It is a simple act of generosity that speaks volumes about how much a Great Yarmouth junior school cares about its pupils.

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For each child at St Nicholas Priory Junior School finished for the festive break with a gift-wrapped story book to help them to stay connected with the written word over the Christmas break.

Chair of governors James Wright said staff had wrapped around 380 books, all carefully selected to match children’s abilities and chime with their interests.

“The rationale is that we have been doing a lot as a school in terms of reading and getting the children interested in reading,” he said.

“The governors thought it would be really nice to give each child in the school a book for Christmas that is appropriate to their age and their reading level. We want them to enjoy reading in the home. It fits in with a general literary push to improve standards across the board.”

Other initiatives have included encouraging boys to read on “boy friendly” tablets which can hold more appeal than a traditional book to a generation bought up on screens and devices.

2 comments

  • Well done I still have the illustrated copy of Treasure Island I was given 50 years ago at my primary school Xmas party . Big heaps of shame however piled on the heads of whoever came up with the notion that tablets are boy friendly- sexism and gender stereotyping at its worst. Girls are equally likely to read from a tablet and boys never had any problem reading books when I was a kid. Last time I appraised a selection of paperbacks aimed at the 6-11 age group the majority had male protagonists - childrens' books have mostly been written to appeal to boys on the principle that girls will read them anyway. What boys need rather than tablets, is lessons in how to sit still and concentrate for a few minutes instead of being encouraged to be random hyper little gits. This is a new phenomenon-I bet chaps who went to primary school in the 50s will have a keen awareness of knowing when it was appropriate to ramp about full tilt and when to behave sensibly-something many little boys are not taught these days.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

  • Fantastic St Nicholas and funded out of a 'normal' school budget unlike the £50k+ subsidy that Agnew annually gives to the Yarmouth Primary Academy to bribe children to stay with them instead of attending the much better value for money St Nicholas Priory School.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

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