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Primaries Enjoy the Literacy Challenge

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Primary school children from sixteen local schools visited Bolton School this week for the annual Primary Schools' Literacy Challenge.

Year 5 pupils took part in three different sessions on the day. In the 'Reading Challenge' one pupil from each school read aloud a passage from their favourite book, with the emphasis on fluency, expression and the communication of enthusiasm for their chosen book through their delivery. A popular choice was extracts from Michael Morpurgo's books, and although prizes were awarded, the main focus was on the celebration of reading and the sharing of literature.

This was followed by a fun introduction to Shakespeare drama session, where pupils had the chance to act out scenes from several Shakespeare plays in the Ian McKellen Drama Studio. They were encouraged to express emotion through their actions and facial expressions and learned about the style and genres of Shakespeare's most famous plays. A third session saw pupils working in teams to complete games and tasks based on 'The Odyssey'.

The day concluded with the presentation of certificates and prizes. The winners of the Reading Challenge were Yash Sandanshiv from Altrincham Prep School and Taybah Riaz from Bishop Bridgeman Primary, who each received a collection of Roald Dahl books. Every pupil received a certificate, bookmark and curly wurly for taking part, and all schools were given a book of children's poems as a memento of the day.

Head of Bolton School Boys' Division, Mr Philip Britton, thanked everyone for coming along and for the huge amounts of engagement, talent and interest shown by the pupils as they had fun and were challenged at the same time. English teacher Miss Kemp ran the drama sessions. She said: "It was fantastic to see so many pupils from so many different schools enthused and involved in the activities of the day. The Reading Challenge in particular showcased the variety of talent among pupils in these local schools."


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The pupils get to grips with scenes from Shakespeare

The pupils get to grips with scenes from Shakespeare

A Valley Primary School pupil reads Michael Morpurgo

A Valley Primary School pupil reads Michael Morpurgo

Pupils worked in teams to complete games and tasks

Yash Sandanshiv from Altrincham Prep School won a selection of Roald Dahl books in the Reading Challenge