Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together

FUDGE Friday reading session

Posted on: 15th June 2019

We love reading at Hayesdown First school and are working hard to encourage children to read more and read for pleasure. We are AMBITIOUS for every child to become a CONFIDENT reader.

Building on the success of our Book Week events earlier in the year, the Extreme Reading and Super Reader challenges,  we hosted a week of  “Drop and Read” sessions for all year groups. Parents were invited to drop into classrooms at the start of the day  to read with their children. Parents and children shared books from the book corner or read their home reading book. We know there are huge benefits for those children who regularly read with an adult and it was a joy to celebrate and value the time parents spend reading with their children in school.

Research also makes us aware that boys can lag behind girls in their reading – in their interest, ability and time spent reading. It has also be shown that boys are encouraged to read more often if they see other males reading – their dads, grandads, uncles or even famous male role models reading. So we held a special “FUDGE FRIDAY” reading event in the hall  inviting FUDGE  – Fathers – Uncles – Dads – Grandads – Everyone (male) readers to read with their children before school.

We had an amazing response with the hall filled with male role models – reading with their children. There was a fantastic atmosphere and everyone also enjoyed a cup of tea, bacon buttie and toast whilst they got stuck into reading books.

Thanks to everyone who took part and left such encouraging comments on our parent response board. In the words of one it was “THE BEST READING SESSION EVER!!!!”.