Woody rewards reading winners

Swan class from Gillingham St Michaels Church of England Primary Academy in Norfolk with Woody Bear.

Norfolk youngsters were riding high when they took the top spot in a regional reading contest.

Swan Class at Gillingham St Michael’s Church of England Primary Academy were crowned the most voracious readers in a competition organised by Inspire Schools in partnership with Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park.

The challenge lay down the gauntlet to primary schools across East Anglia signed up to the Buster’s Book Club reading reward scheme. Pupils were encouraged to reach or exceed their home reading targets with the prize going to the class collectively clocking up the best or most improved number of reading minutes.

As a reward for successfully hitting the books, Pleasurewood Hills donated child-entry tickets to the winners Swan Class, hand-delivered by none other than Woody Bear, the attraction’s mascot. The theme park, near Lowestoft, has more than 35 rides, shows, and attractions ranging from the Wipeout roller coaster to children’s rides, soft play, and live entertainment.

Jane Priston, literacy coordinator for Inspire Schools, said: “The competition really ramped up participating children’s enthusiasm for reading, but it was Swan Class who impressed us most. They had a blast meeting Woody and I hope they and their families enjoy all the thrills that Pleasurewood Hills has to offer.”

Buster’s Book Club is run by educational charity Inspire Schools and uses friendly competition to get schoolchildren to work together to earn the Reading Class of the Week Trophy. Regular inter-school challenges offer bigger prizes including tickets to local leisure attractions.

Organisations supporting Buster’s Book Club include Orbit housing, Specsavers, Rotary, Acorns Read and Grow, and Crown Foundation. Businesses interested in supporting literacy in schools should contact Jane at jpriston@InspireSchools.org.uk

Schools can find out more at www.BustersBookClub.co.uk or www.InspireSchools.org.uk

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