Kessingland pupils say reading is fun – and it doesn’t matter where!

Kessingland primary school children are taking part in a extreme reading challenge. The project has

Kessingland primary school children are taking part in a extreme reading challenge. The project has been supported by David Cameron, Jamie Oliver, Katherine Granger and Boris Johnson. Supplied pictures of youngsters reading in extreme places. - Credit: Nick Butcher

There is nothing quite like curling up with a good book, or so the old saying goes.

Kessingland primary school children are taking part in a extreme reading challenge. The project has

Kessingland primary school children are taking part in a extreme reading challenge. The project has been supported by David Cameron, Jamie Oliver, Katherine Granger and Boris Johnson. Supplied pictures of youngsters reading in extreme places. - Credit: Nick Butcher

But children at Kessingland Primary School have been taking their reading habits to the extreme.

The youngsters have been turning up in some weird and wacky places with their favourite books as part of a challenge designed to get them back into the habit of reading regularly.

As part of the extreme reading challenge, pupils and staff were tasked with being photographed in unusual locations reading books. The 50 photographs submitted so far show pupils up a tree, on a horse and in the boot of car, a teacher in a go-kart and a headteacher on top of the primary school.

The school issued the challenge as it was felt that older pupils were not reading enough as a result of other pastimes, such as playing computer games or football.


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Amy Cook, a year three teacher who set up the challenge, was photographed reading a book in a go-kart at Ellough. She said: 'The pupils are really enjoying it and have taken some great locations in weird places.

'It is all about finding that lost passion for reading in the children. They have been losing it because of computers.'

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Word of the school's challenge has reached the highest level of government and received celebrity support after Kessingland Primary sent emails to famous people, asking them to support the pupils campaign to promote reading.

Prime minister David Cameron told the school in a letter that one of his favourite books as a child was Our Island Story by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall, London mayor Boris Johnson replied by saying the challenge was 'a novel and fun way to appreciate reading', and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Olympic gold medal rower Katherine Grainger sent signed photographs.

Other famous people who responded included Delia Smith; Karl Pilkington, of An Idiot Abroad; Olympic diver Tom Daley and author Richard Kurti, who sent a photograph of himself reading a book on a beach.

At the end of the term, all of the photographs submitted by the pupils and staff will be put on display along with the celebrity messages in an area called the Extreme Corridor.

Headteacher Simon Lea, who was photographed reading on the school's roof, said: 'The pupils have been really excited about the challenge and reading.

'Reading is not seen by children, especially boys, as something that is cool, and they enjoy playing Playstation games and football.

'We wanted to do something different that would make pupils enjoy reading again.'

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