Books galore for primary pupils

Throston primary school pupils(left to right) Katie Willis, Harry Nicholson, Casey Walton and Charlie Newton pictured with Jacqueline Phillips and Christina Maiden(right) of Seven Stories.
Throston primary school pupils(left to right) Katie Willis, Harry Nicholson, Casey Walton and Charlie Newton pictured with Jacqueline Phillips and Christina Maiden(right) of Seven Stories.

PRIMARY school pupils found out about the joys of reading as they welcomed visitors into school.

Representatives from charity Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books based in Newcastle, visited Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk.

They encouraged the youngsters to enjoy their reading and to try out a selection of books and authors.

Sonya Black, deputy headteacher at the school, said the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Mrs Black said: “Seven Stories set up a number of different workshops for the children all about enjoying reading, the advantages of reading and for the pupils to develop their reading skills.

“It was a great way of promoting reading, our children really enjoy it anyway so it was an excellent day for them.”

Most of the pupils at the school also took a book home with them as they exchanged tokens collected during World Book Day for one of the titles the visitors had brought to the school with them.

Mrs Black added: “About 90 per cent of the children took a book home with them which was brilliant and also showed our visitors just how much the pupils enjoy their reading.

“The feedback we received from the children afterwards was excellent.”

The day was one of a number of ways the school encourages children to read a variety of books.

“We tell the children to try and take a different book home every night,” added Mrs Black.

“That way the youngsters get to try out a variety of different books and authors and they get to learn a lot from them.”