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WVPS Celebrates National Storytelling Week

What is National Storytelling Week?

National Storytelling Week is a celebration of the art of storytelling and the power of stories to connect, entertain, and inspire. It celebrates the diverse ways in which stories are told, whether through spoken word, written narratives, theatre, film, or other creative mediums. This fantastic annual event is a joyful celebration of the power of sharing stories. 

The Importance of Storytelling

"Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success later in life, outside of an education. Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure and who are read to, are the ones who are most likely to fulfil their ambitions. If your child reads, they will succeed - it's that simple."  The Book Trust 2024

As educators, we will never tire of promoting the importance of reading to your child. As the quote above explains, there are very few things as powerful as regularly reading to a child. It has astonishing benefits for children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. That’s in addition to the astounding impact it has on their future academic success. Giving a child time and full attention when reading them a story tells them they matter. It builds self-esteem, vocabulary, feeds imagination and even improves their sleeping patterns.

Our Children’s Laureates; Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson, Cressida Cowell and Joseph Coelho, have joined forces to highlight the importance of reading to our children,
(click the link to watch). 

How are we celebrating National Storytelling week at WVPS?
Special Staff Videos - Every Day

Our AMAZING staff have yet again taken themselves out of their comfort zones to become published online oral storytellers. 
All week, we will be posting daily videos of familiar faces reading aloud stories for children and their families to listen to and enjoy. With each day comes a new video or two. These can be watched at any time but make perfect bedtime stories for busy households.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the magic of a story.

Reading Book Swap Event - Wednesday 

We are pleased to announce the return of our much loved Book Swap Event.
You will have seen a School Ping sent last week. 

Please send in a book from home tomorrow or Wednesday, alternatively your child can purchase ONE book instead (50p for a paperback, £1 for a hardback.)  

Reading Bears for Early Years and Key Stage 1 - Wednesdays 

Mrs Hicklin and her army of volunteers have been busy sorting your kind donations of teddies to create our much anticipated…Reading Bear Families!
Every Wednesday (book change day) children will return and select a new reading bear to take home to read to. Our aim is to encourage all children to have a desire to read, provide them with a captive audience to read and rehearse to, and for parents to engage in the delight of listening to their child read. Every class will have a 'Reading Bear Family' of 30 different reading teddies and each bear will have its own unique name and personality.

So, this Wednesday your child will be bringing home a Reading Bear from school. Please encourage your child to read to their bear if they wish! Please ensure the Reading Bear is brought back to school each Wednesday, ready to swap.

Daily Lunchtime Book Club Featuring Special Guests - Every Day

Our dedicated Reading Specialists, Mrs Spiers and Mrs Warren, regularly run lunchtime book clubs at school. However, this week we have some very special guest readers.
Look out for these peculiar characters each morning on the main playground during drop off time. Will your child be enticed to listen to a story?

Suggested Stories to Share

If you’d like some inspiration to help you choose a great story to read aloud, please visit the website below.
It offers lists of storytime favourites for different age and year groups, including books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud. 

Keep your eyes peeled for exciting updates via year group blogs or new characters lurking around the playground each morning.

Happy storytelling,

Mrs Matsangou
Deputy Headteacher