12 July 2023

Chapter One end-of-year reading celebrations 2023

Certificates, stories, snacks and friendship! Some highlights from our recent reading celebrations

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A highlight of the Chapter One year is the reading celebrations we arrange with our partner schools up and down the country in June and July as the school year draws to a close. The celebrations are like graduation ceremonies for the children who have been part of the online reading volunteers programme and, depending on the distance of the team of volunteers from the school, will be either in-person or over Zoom. The volunteers have rock-star status when they walk into the classroom or appear on the screen and a tear or two has known to be shed when the volunteer-child pairs reflect on their year of reading together!

Here's a small snapshot of some of the celebrations we've had so far - keep an eye on our social media over the summer for many more!

Horton Grange Primary School, Bradford

Our first celebration of the summer was in Mr Taylor's year 1 class at Horton Grange Primary, Bradford, with wonderful volunteers from Azets.

Wenbourne Primary School, Peterborough

Online reading volunteers from Dentons spent an afternoon reading with their pupils - and eating jam sandwiches!

Aultmore Park Primary School, Glasgow

Online reading volunteers from CMS, NCR, Sunbelt and KPMG met their pupils at Aultmore Primary School. As well as awarding the children their certificates, they enjoyed sharing with them the special Chapter One literacy activity books we give to all the children.

Bonner Primary School, Tower Hamlets, London

Our online reading volunteer guests were from ISG, Samsara and SUSE.

Moreland Primary School, Islington, London

Online reading volunteers from Euromonitor, Janus Henderson Investors and Hogan Lovells joined in the fun!

I can testify that all pupils...have made fantastic progress...Their confidence has grown tremendously and I really want to say thank you with a grateful heart.

Leziel Thomas, teacher, London

It all starts with literacy