Wormit pupils praise school reading challenge

Youngsters at Wormit Primary signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge
Youngsters at Wormit Primary signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge
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Youngsters at Wormit Primary proved to be avid bookworms by successfully taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

There was a lot of enthusiasm shown by the P6 children who took part in the national initiative run locally by Fife Cultural Trust.

In total 6177 Fife youngsters signed up with all reading at least six books during the summer holidays, claiming a gold medal and picking up other rewards along the way.

The Summer Reading Challenge, which runs from July to October, has helped to raise literacy attainment levels in the region, with Fife performance actually increasing amongst primary school age children whilst the national average has dropped since 2012.

There was certainly a lot of enthusiasm amongst the P6 class in Wormit Primary School, as FCT librarian Pauline Smeaton discovered when she was handing out the awards.

She said the pupils were full of praise for the challenge with one youngster describing the challenge as fun, while another said she enjoyed achieving new things.

Other pupils said the initiative was something fun to do over the summer.

Pauline Smeaton, service development supervisor, Libraries (Young People), presented the children with their awards and said: “Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge was extremely rewarding.

“The children in all the schools were excited and couldn’t wait to get started reading.

“Going back to Wormit Primary to award the certificates and medals and to see all their happy faces was an absolute joy.”

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to read six books during the summer holidays.

There is a different theme each year and this year’s theme was Record Breakers.

Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there’s a certificate for everyone who finishes.

The Summer Reading Challenge is held every year. It is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities.