Swapping the sofa for a dentist’s chair - pupils and parents take on extreme reading
PUBLISHED: 15:28 24 October 2016
A local school is encouraging youngsters to read
Pupils, parents and teachers have taken on a new reading challenge at a local school, in a bid to et more youngsters reading.
Bick Park School has taken on an extreme reading challenge, swapping the cosy confines of home or the escapism of reading on a commute, for more lively scenery.
Extreme readers have stuck their nose in a book while taking on the school’s climbing wall, sitting in a dentist’s chair, even sliding down a dry slope.
The scheme is to encourage more young boys to get reading.
“With national levels of reading for pleasure amongst boys declining and the gender gap widening, it is particularly key to encourage our young men to take an interest in books” commented head teacher at Bickley Park, Patrick Wenham.
He added: “It’s been great fun watching our pupils embrace the extreme challenge so enthusiastically and the staff and I have been impressed by the locations they have picked. The Year 4 pupil that read while going down a dry ski slope, and Year 3 student that squeezed in a chapter while at his kick boxing lesson were particularly inventive.”