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School pupils finish the year with festive crafts and reading fun

All pupils from St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in South Shields were invited to a festive craft and reading day – organised by the children’s parents!

The day was filled with making Christingles, reindeer food, iced biscuits, and crafts, finishing with pupils reading for pleasure.

St. Gregory’s school is passionate about fostering a culture of reading. One way they achieve this is using our adaptive online reading development programme, Reading Plus, which helps pupils develop key reading skills that will set them up for future success.

Mrs Squares, English Lead at St Gregory’s, said:

“Our wonderful team of parents did a fantastic job organising the day. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the various activities – it was a huge success.

It was important for us to create a reading station amongst the fun craft activities, as encouraging reading for pleasure is something we are passionate about.

Our Year 6 pupils use Reading Plus to develop their fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. It’s a fantastic programme our children enjoy, and we see great results from it.”

We were delighted to sponsor the day by providing craft resources and two National Book vouchers to be raffled.

Our Reading Development Consultant, Lee Carrick, said:

“We will always support our Reading Plus schools with events that foster a love of reading, as one of our core values is making a difference. The craft and reading day sounded like a fantastic event. We were delighted to support it.


“It’s great to hear the impact of Reading Plus at St Gregory’s – we can’t wait to see what results can be achieved in 2024.”

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