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Literacy champs win pool prize

Primary pupils were given free passes to their local pool after winning a challenge with literacy scheme Buster’s Book Club.

Kayleigh Little 10 and Oak Class at Harcourt Primary School
Kayleigh Little 10 and Oak Class at Harcourt Primary School

Children from Harcourt Primary’s Year 6 Oak Class were presented with their tickets to Folkestone Sports Centre during a special assembly.

Buster’s Book Club is run by the KM Charity Team, and scheme coordinator Kathy Beel said: “Many congratulations to Oak Class, who fully deserve their prize.

“They showed real dedication to spend so many minutes reading at home, and I’m sure they will reap the benefits in terms of improved literacy performance if they continue to apply themselves in this way.”

Now more pupils at the Folkestone primary can look forward to their achievements being celebrated through Buster’s Book Club as it is being adapted so there are separate trophies for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.

The scheme is already supplemented at Harcourt with the announcement of star readers for each class in addition to the trophy for the school’s weekly class of the week.

KM Charity Team chief executive Simon Dolby said: “Harcourt got in touch with us because they wanted to adapt Buster’s Book Club to help engage more of the school’s pupils with the scheme.

“They found that Key Stage 2 pupils were monopolising the class of the week trophy, and wanted to know if there could be a separate trophy for Key Stage 1 pupils.

“It was really easy to adapt the scheme to ensure Key Stage 1 pupils felt fully engaged with Buster’s Book Club.

“We are confident this will solve the problem, and I would urge any other school that has a need or an idea to tweak the club for their specific requirements to get in touch.

“This framework tool is so adaptable, and we are always excited to work with schools to make it better for their needs.”

Buster’s Book Club encourages children to read extra at home, with classes competing each week to be awarded the Reading Class of the Week Trophy. A monthly inter-school reading challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by storytellers.

It is supported by Little Cheyne Court (Romney Marsh), Kent Community Foundation, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Orbit, Rotary, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Medway Council, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Diggerland, Wildwood, Revolution and Kent County Council.

To find out more, visit Bustersbookclub.co.uk or contact Kathy Beel at kbeel@thekmgroup.co.uk or on 0844 264 0291.

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