PJs and Hot Chocolate Reading Day – Monday 17th November 2018

Dear Parents,

This year at Burford, we are aiming to really encourage children to see the benefits and enjoyment of picking up a great book and reading for pleasure. To encourage them to do so, we will be running a different and exciting reading event every half term!

There is strong evidence linking reading for pleasure and educational outcomes. We know that academic attainment is of vital importance, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout a person’s life. Children and young people who are the most engaged with literacy have better mental wellbeing than their peers who are the least engaged. As well as being an excellent way to relax and open new worlds in our imagination and knowledge, regular reading underpins everything our children do as learners – including developing vocabulary and language skills. According to one source, if you read for twenty minutes a day you’ll encounter an estimated 1,800,000 words over the course of a year, whereas reading for only one minute a day will result in only 8,000 words.

On Monday 17th December, Burford will be holding our first reading event – a ‘Pyjamas and Hot Chocolate Day’, where children are invited to spend the day at school in their pyjamas/onesies!

Nursery, Reception and KS1 children can arrive in their PJs (with school shoes worn to school and slippers brought in to change into, if they want to).

KS2 children need to be in their school uniform for the church services that morning, so should bring their pyjamas/onesies in with them to change into in school after returning from the church.

Each class will be given a time slot when they can enter a ‘reading zone’ with their Teacher. Here they will not only have the opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy a good book, they will also be treated to hot chocolate and a biscuit!  In exchange for this, we are asking children to bring in a book they have read recently which they would like to donate to the school (preferably published in 2017/2018). We are particularly looking for contemporary, rather than classic, fiction. Children can still participate even if they do not have a book to donate.

Please ensure your child’s class teacher knows of any allergies.  On the day, under-layers are suggested for underneath any pyjamas worn and slippers should be brought to be changed into in school, with trainers or school shoes worn for break and lunchtimes.

Judy Puddephatt, Alex Andrews, Lauren Barton
Burford Reading Team