Pupils Earn Treats For Meeting Reading Targets

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Pilgrim Academy pupils who took part in baking after successfully completing their Reading Challenge are: (l-r) Lexie Allen (6) Year 1; Harvey Hynes (6) Year 1 and Billy Wilson (6) Year 2.


Baking and clay modelling were just two of the treats that pupils at Pilgrim Academy chose to take part in after successfully completing the Academy's Reading Challenge.

Pupils earn the opportunity to take part in activities of their choice having signed up to read a book at home at least three times a week, with supervision from parents. If they reach their targets then an afternoon of fun awaits them each term.

Year 1 pupil Lexie Allen (6) said: "I enjoyed making rice crispie cakes, especially the marshmallows. They are quite easy to make. I like reading books. I have just read The Crocodile."

Year 6 pupil Jasmine Elsby (10) said: "I read at home five times a week. I enjoy reading Matilda and Roald Dahl. I read before and after tea."

Meah Glover (10) added: "I read more at home now, before bed and sometimes in the morning too."

Christine Lacey, Pilgrim Academy Executive Principal, said: "The Reading Challenge has been very successful in all of the Tollbar Multi Academy Trust Primary Academies. It definitely encourages the pupils to read more often and we see big improvements in their reading because of it.

"As a relatively new member of the Trust, this is the first year we have run the challenge at Pilgrim Academy to encourage the children to read regularly, both at home and at school. The pupils really enjoy it, particularly as they get to choose their own rewards."


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Meah Glover (10), Jasmine Elsby (10), both Year 6, and Emily Bushell (9) Year 5, enjoy clay modelling.


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Year 6 pupils, (l-r) Charlotte Hancocks (10), Bethany Bower (10) and Rhys Bullimore (10), whose reward was to spend the afternoon baking.


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Abigail Bevers (5) Year 1, Lily King (6) Year 2, and Kaitlyn Brown (6) Year 2, who made cakes as a reward for meeting their reading targets.

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Christine Lacey

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David J Hampson
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