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Reading friend

09 Oct 2020   |   By Nigel Lowther (on behalf of Littlecoates)   |   Littlecoates Primary Academy

Professional storyteller Alec Williams may not have visited Littlecoates Academy during the pandemic – but the Reading Friend is still proving an inspiration. Pupils are hearing his amazing stories in live sessions on Google Meet and through YouTube videos that he records for the Grimsby Academy. Alec helped celebrate the European Day of Languages by sending a message that said: ‘I Love Reading’ in different languages.

Book Champion Sue Howes commented: “Alec’s an inspiration, motivating pupils to pick up books and enjoy reading – even though he’s not able to visit in person. Children had to see if they could identify each language. In return, pupils sent greetings in the different languages spoken in our school. Year 5 children wrote their greetings and Year 4 videoed themselves. We have some very clever bi-lingual children in our school. Inspired by this, the younger children have been doing the register in the mornings using all the different languages they know – even Makaton!”

For National Poetry Day, pupils made recordings of favourite poems and swapped them for Alec’s, which he recorded on his YouTube channel for pupils. The children loved Michael Rosen’s ‘Eddie’ poems most – especially the nappy story, which they joined in with!

To find out more about Alec and how he supports the Academy’s reading for pleasure agenda – please view his Littlecoates page on his website. 

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