TEACHERS at a Derby school read extracts from some of their favourite books to eager pupils as part of National Storytelling Week.

Staff from the Bemrose School – including new Head of Literacy Shelley Baird – took it in turns to read during lunch times to youngsters across both the primary and secondary phase of the Uttoxeter Road school.

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Librarian Daryl Lowe, who organised the event, said: “We have had a hugely successful National Storytelling Week at the Bemrose School this year in which, on average, we had 30 students every day.

“The children obviously enjoyed the experience as they were desperate to borrow the books that they had been read from.”

Reading and literacy is hugely important to The Bemrose School and, as well as celebrating National Storytelling Week – an annual event organised by The National Literacy Trust – the school also recently held a Literacy Challenge for Key Stage 3 pupils and hosted the Derbyshire Schools Book Award, which saw Year 7 and Year 8 pupils create presentations on their favourite books.

This is the first time that Bemrose School has taken part in the Derbyshire Schools Book Award (DSBA); an annual event organised by Helen Smith of Eckington School and members of ADLIBS that aims to share a love of reading among school pupils in Derby city and the county.

The DSBA will culminate in an event at the University of Derby on March 15 where 12 pupils from The Bemrose School will meet author Anthony Kessel who wrote the successful book ‘Don’t Doubt the Rainbow’.   

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