Harford Primary School hosted a drop everything and read day (DEAR) on Friday the 11 October.  Drop everything and read encouraged parents, family members and guardians to interact with children, listening to them read and guest speakers were also present reading to pupils.  

All primary schools have taken on reading day initiatives to develop and promote the importance of English and Reading. 

The fancy dress theme day encouraged pupils as well as teachers to tap into their imaginations and bring to life characters written in the pages.  Every class year had a different theme, nursery had Disney, Reception dressed in job roles, Year 1/2 took on the theme of traditional stories, Year 3/4 myths and legends and 5/6 visited the past and dressed in the Victorian era.

Marilyn Joshua, Advanced Skilled Teacher in English commented:

“The children showed real enthusiasm, and worked hard on their objectives for the day.  All classes had different activities relating to their themed topic and followed activities on character descriptions, biographies and identifying vocabulary.”

A show and tell assembly was held at the end of the day so children could display their achievements.

This reading day initiative builds upon the reading champion scheme implemented within the primary schools, of encouraging children to read at home and being rewarded in school through their efforts.  At Harford, bonus points are collated and recorded into the merit system; a reading champion will also be crowned at the end of the school year for the best reader in early year’s key stage 1 and 2. 

Marilyn said:

“It is important to encourage reading as it is essential and can be tapped into whatever path you choose.  The goal is for children when they grow up to pick up any book and be able to understand the language used, understand the story and be able read.”    

Photos attached submitted by Harford Primary School.


15 October 2013


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