Housebuilder offers schoolchildren more 'bang for their book!' with independent reading donation

Housebuilder offers schoolchildren more 'bang for their book!' with independent reading donation

by Danielle Thompson (June 2021)

CHIEFS at a Merseyside housebuilder donated £250 worth of books to a Formby Primary School following National Share a Story Month.

Youngsters at Redgate Primary School, who are close to Barratt Homes’ Pinewood Park development on Liverpool Road, received a number of PM reading books in order to aid and assist them with their independent reading, including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

PM is the largest and most finely levelled reading programme in the UK, and their unique approach aims to making every child a successful, balanced reader.

Helen Gambon, Deputy Headteacher at Redgate Primary School, said: “We are really grateful to Barratt Homes for the generous donation of books to Redgate Community Primary School.

“Reading is something that we are really trying to promote, as the children have missed so many opportunities to learn and progress during lockdown. These new books will help make a difference to the children at our school.”

A survey from The National Literacy Trust found that children’s enjoyment of reading has increased during lockdown, rising from 47.8% before lockdown to 55.9% afterwards.[1]

It was reported that three in five children surveyed (59.3%) thought that reading made them feel better during lockdown, whilst three in ten (31.6%) felt that reading helped them when they felt sad due to being unable to see families and friends.

National Share a Story Month, put together by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, runs throughout May and is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing. The month has a different theme each year, with this year’s being “Myths, Magic, and Mayhem.”

Neil Goodwin, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “As a leading developer it is really important that we support the community in the areas in which we build.

“Redgate Primary School are working hard to support their pupils in and out of the education environment, and we are happy to support them with the development of their reading skills and confidence. In difficult times like these we’re encouraging more people to support their local community.”

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