Pupils receive 100 new reads through Books For Schools campaign

Teacher Caitlin Christopher and pupils with reporter Vicky Angear (right) handing over the books.

Teacher Caitlin Christopher and pupils with reporter Vicky Angear (right) handing over the books. - Credit: Archant

The North Somerset Times has donated 100 new books to a Portishead school to boost its library stocks for young readers.

Usborne has teamed up with the North Somerset Times to support our Books For Schools campaign.

Usborne has teamed up with the North Somerset Times to support our Books For Schools campaign. - Credit: Archant

Trinity Primary School is the second school to receive a donation as part of the Times’ Books For Schools campaign.

Pupils from the reading community group, who are in charge of looking after the library, were delighted with the new reads which they will be labelling and adding to the library shelves.

Caitlin Christopher, English co-ordinator at the school, said: “We are really pleased to have won this time round. We all love reading at Trinity school and we can’t wait go get stuck in to some great new books.

“Some will go to the classes and some to the library – we have a key stage one and key stage two library.”


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The school runs a number of initiatives to encourage children to read.

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One lunch time each week, key stage two children can join a book club where they discuss what they are reading.

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On Friday afternoons, all pupils take part in community groups, two of which focus on reading. During this time, the children are responsible for tidying and sorting the two libraries, labelling new books, mending worn and damaged copies and writing reviews for fellow pupils.

Each class has a set of 12 recommended reads and pupils compete to see which class can be the first to read all of them.

A staff book club is also held at the school and teachers are encouraged to read young fiction.

Caitlin Christopher said: “We try to ensure that staff are up to date with children’s fiction as much as possible. In staff meetings we have wrapped up new children’s fiction in brown paper – so that staff can’t judge a book by its cover – and asked each teacher to choose a book.

“The expectation has then been that they read the book they’ve been given and then a month later we feedback about the books so that all staff become familiar with the books the children are reading and can therefore recommend them.”

The Times launched its Books For Schools campaign to provide cash-strapped schools with a greater variety of books to help instill a love of reading in pupils.

We are appealing for new and secondhand books and gift vouchers, so we can give 100 books to a school each month.

MORE: School wins 100 new reads through Times’ Books For Schools campaign.

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