Teaching children to read is not enough; in order for our children to thrive, they must learn to love reading. Books invite children to explore new worlds, meet interesting characters and learn about our history, but they also have the power to transform lives. By sparking imagination, developing empathy and stimulating critical thinking, reading is fundamental to the success of children at school, at home and in future life. Research has shown that reading for pleasure has the single biggest impact on children's progression in education yet can be one of the most difficult skills to teach.
With the support of a Methodist Forces Board funding bid from David Betts, Talavera Junior School, alongside David launched a brand new initiative in order to support a love of reading at home: Story Sacks. Each bag offers a practical solution for making reading meaningful and engaging for your children at home. As well as enhancing language and fluency, the project aims to develop skills of communication. 75% of the children at Talavera Junior School come from military homes and it is estimated that children who have parents on deployment are 2.5 times more likely to develop emotional and behavioural problems in school. Therefore the project has been established in order to support children who may be currently experiencing new emotional challenges and provides a way for children to express their emotions and share their feelings in a fun and uplifting way. Information about each individual story sack and the activities included is available at Talavera Junior School.
A huge thank you to Heather Partington for helping to create the bags and Lianne Cadman for her amazing bag designs.
The Story Sacks are free to borrow from Talavera Junior School and will be available to borrow from after half term.