It was a treat to give a workshop on making reading fun for reception through to year 2 parents and carers at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Stonebridge earlier this week. The school is very small and in a very deprived area, so the turn-out of almost fifty mums, dads, grandmothers and grandfathers was extremely impressive. Family literacy is so crucial – it’s a topic I often give training on – and I was delighted to be at a school that promotes it so effectively.
We set up the hall with large tables and covered them with loads of fabulous picture books. It was great to watch everyone poring over them and to hear the excited conversations about which they liked (pretty well all of them) and why, and how they might use them. We talked a lot about ways to help children enjoy books and reading, and to take the stress out of listening to children read.
What a lovely event. Lucky children to have such committed parents and carers, as well as excellent staff. I met them at an inset a while ago on using picture books across the curriculum, and very much admire the school’s approach to reading. I’m really looking forward to the key stage 2 workshop we’re planning for next term.