Felsted Primary School show off their reading knowledge to scoop top prize in the Reading Gladiators challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:19 26 July 2018

Winners of the Reading Challenge. Felsted Primary pupils Robyn, Laura, Susie, Harry, Brooke and Freya with  teacher, Kathleen Hailes centre

Winners of the Reading Challenge. Felsted Primary pupils Robyn, Laura, Susie, Harry, Brooke and Freya with teacher, Kathleen Hailes centre

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Reading and research on books including one about children in a care home in the 1980s, has won children from Felsted Primary school, a regional competition.

Six children in year four at the school, aged eight to nine, entered the Reading Gladiators challenge. They youngsters had to read eight books and be able to talk about them in competition with four other schools,

The challenge day included the youngsters giving a presentation about a chosen book and a number of quiz rounds. Felsted Primary School pupils showed an impressive knowledge of the books and their authors and they took home the winning shield.

The book they made their presentation on was Little Bits of Sky by S E Durant about the “memory books” or diaries of children living in a care home in the 1980s. The fictional youngsters noted the world events around them including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the riots in Britain against the Poll Tax. The Felsted Primary youngsters took props along to illustrate their presentation including a wall that they could break down and read out the observations of the children in the care home.

They then took part in four quiz rounds including a quick fire round and a “Pointless” round where they had to come up with little known facts. Having not only read the books thoroughly but read other books by the authors and about the authors, their knowledge came out top.

The six children have been meeting up once a week with their teacher, Kathleen Hailes and read a variety books, including Word of Mouse by James Patterson, and Coming to England by Floella Benjamin.

The competition was set up by the schools’ reading programme Just Imagine and is based on a set of eight books that the children have read and evaluated throughout the year. It is aimed at more able readers and designed to provide them with a challenging reading experience, encouraging them to make adventurous reading choices.

Mrs Hailes said: “There are other mini challenges during the year and this year we also won a box of books. These are all such interesting books that I would recommend them to anyone.”

The challenge took place at St Mary’s Primary School in Stansted.

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