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Lovers’ Lane Primary School pupils took part in a reading challenge




What better way to spend an afternoon than curled up with a good book and a piece of cake?

That’s exactly what pupils at Lovers’ Lane Primary School, Newark, were doing as they took part in a reading challenge, and the winners were treated to an afternoon at Strays Café, on Middlegate.

At the beginning of last term, the pupils were tasked with reading 15 books before Christmas.

Summer-Star Mathers, 10, Tia Sullivan, 10, Will Francis, 10 and Joseph Smith, 10 of Lovers Lane Primary School, who won a school reading challenge, where they had to read as many books as possible and then answer questions, enjoy their prizes of a new book and a treat from Strays cafe. 171219TV4-2.. (24519356)
Summer-Star Mathers, 10, Tia Sullivan, 10, Will Francis, 10 and Joseph Smith, 10 of Lovers Lane Primary School, who won a school reading challenge, where they had to read as many books as possible and then answer questions, enjoy their prizes of a new book and a treat from Strays cafe. 171219TV4-2.. (24519356)

Four pupils in year six managed to do that and, as a reward, were treated to a hot chocolate, a slice of cake, and a new book by staff at Stray’s.

Head Miss Jenny Hodgkinson said: “We try to instil a love of reading in the children and they have been really enjoying the challenge, as well as a bit of competition to see who can read the most.

“I would like to say thank you to year six teacher Mrs Jenny Palmer, who organised the challenge.”

Miss Hodgkinson said reading was one of Lovers’ Lane’s highest priorities for their pupils, to the extent that the school will become a DEAR school after Christmas, which stands for Drop Everything And Read.

As the name suggests, at any given moment, all the pupils, and teachers too, must stop what they are doing and read their books.

“Reading is part of the school’s make up,” said Miss Hodgkinson. “We try to make sure our children know the importance of reading for pleasure.”

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