Reading doesn’t have to be limited to reading books. It can be a magazine, a poetry book, a recipe book – anything! It is never too early to start reading with a child. Although they may not understand the intricacies of the text, they will likely enjoy the sound of your voice and pointing to all of the different pictures. Reading together can be both a productive activity and a bonding experience. It can lead to discussions surrounding the story, the characters and give you further insight into their imagination. This notion continues as they grow older too. It has been shown that children who read for enjoyment regularly, increase their general knowledge, develop a better understanding for other cultures and broaden their vocabulary.

Choosing from thousands of books can be a daunting task, so we asked some of the teachers and the staff for their favourite Christmas stories! Here’s what they said…

  • Miss Cooper – Rudolf’s Windy Christmas
  • Mrs Pinder – Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present
  • Mrs Bath & Mrs Reed – The Snowman
  • Mr Blick & Miss Annan – The Night Before Christmas
  • Mr O – The Polar Express
  • Mrs Strong – Mog’s Christmas
  • Mr Franklin – A Christmas Carol
  • Mr Yarrow – The Christmas Pig

The English department are also running a Reading Competition over the Christmas holidays, which you can read about here