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Hamish is Making a Difference!

10 Nov 2020   |   Michelle Ward   |   Bramley Park Academy

As we all prepared for a very different start back in September, we also were able to welcome a new member to our Bramley Park Academy family – Hamish! Hamish is our Cavapoo therapy dog. The whole staff knew that he would make an incredible addition to our team, but his impact on learning and behaviour has been astounding.

Hamish loves a good book, and our pupils have loved sharing them with him! He sits so peacefully, and listens so carefully that every child has been desperate to pick up their favourite book and read with him.

 

He’s even been to help our Readers of the Week choose their own book from the book vending machine. We’ve seen a huge increase in children bringing in home reading books and in children taking enjoyment from longer texts.

Hamish has also worked wonders with our reluctant writers, I have never seen a class so ready to write as those who have the chance to read their best work to Hamish! Hamish even managed to look a little fed up when children hugged our model texts too closely. In what has been a very challenging time for staff and pupils alike, Hamish has brought fun, reassurance and nurture to our pupils.

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