Pupils at a Chesterfield primary school have been enjoying extra storytimes as part of a week dedicated to the written word. Whitecotes Primary School invited me to visit on Monday at the start the week to read the children a story.
I had the great pleasure to read ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark‘ to the Toucans (a year 1 class) – you’ll be happy to know that little Plop overcomes his fear in the end!!
Reading is so very important for children. It improves their language skills, develops their vocabulary and their imagination. And put plainly children who can read do better at school.
As well as my visit, author Daniel Blythe, whose work includes Doctor Who novels, popped into the school.
Children will also be dressing up as a favourite book character, pupils from different years are to buddy up and read to each other, and a local book shop has donated cash to buy new library books.