Primaries Take on the Literacy Challenge
Friday, 11 March 2011
Primary school children from nine schools visited Bolton School this week for the inaugural Primary Schools' Literacy Challenge.
Year 5 pupils from The Valley, Ashbridge, Broadoak, St Paul's, Gilnow Primary, Markland Hill, Clarendon Cottage, Altrincham Prep School and Chorley New Road Primary took part in three different sessions on the day. In the 'Reading Challenge' two pupils 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. Choices included extracts from 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone', 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' and although prizes were awarded, the main focus was on the celebration of reading and the sharing of literature. Neha Raza of The Valley won the prize for best girl in the reading challenge and received a set of Michael Morpurgo Classics books. Will Poole of Altrincham Prep won the prize for best boy and received an Alex Rider book gift set.
There was also 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, and a third session of games and tasks based on 'The Odyssey'. Demi Pope of St Paul's said: "My favourite part was the drama because we got to act out a Shakespeare play - I played Hero in 'Much Ado About Nothing'." Eve Rowan added: "I liked the drama and the reading was good too - everybody did really good and hopefully it encouraged people to try new books."
The day concluded with the presentation of certificates and prizes and all pupils were given an Oxford Illustrated Thesaurus as a memento of the day. Head of English at Bolton School Boys' Division, Mr Richard Griffiths, thanked everyone for coming along and for the huge amounts of engagement, talent and interest shown by the pupils.