Pyjama time for young and old

St Aidans Primary School headteacher Ian Railton reading to pupils.
St Aidans Primary School headteacher Ian Railton reading to pupils.

PYJAMA-CLAD primary school children were inspired to pick up a book and read thanks to their teachers who also joined in the fun wearing their pyjamas too.

The event at St Aidan’s Primary School, in Loyalty Road, Hartlepool, was aimed at bridging the link between school and home and to encourage more children to spend time reading.

School staff spent time after lessons had finished reading stories chosen by the Key Stage 1 and reception class children.

As a special treat, the youngsters were allowed to wear their pyjamas to the event, while their teachers - and headteacher Ian Railton - all joined in the fun and wore their pyjamas as well.

Parents, meanwhile, had the chance to buy a range of new reading books for as little as £1.

Kirsty Lightowler, a teacher at the Loyalty Road school, said: “There was about 65 children at the Bedtime Story event and we were really pleased with how it went.

“It was for Key Stage 1 and reception classes and what we wanted to do was to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to improve that link between home and school.

“The children picked the Christmas-themed stories for their teachers to read to them and both the children and teachers wore their pyjamas.

“Everybody had a great time.”

Staff say they had brought 250 books - including Roald Dahl classics - to sell to parents at discount prices.

The Friends of St Aidan’s (FOSA) parents group also provided tea and coffee for all those that attended the reading event.