This year’s World Book Day was a bit different for everybody. The usual school visits were not possible, however, we were delighted when one of our business partners, Speed Comms, offered to do short book reading videos for their partner school. Staff at the PR & Communications consultancy filmed themselves reading books at home which we then shared with Cat Kupai, English Lead at St Barnabas Primary School.

Here Cat’s feedback:

“Thank you so much for the World book day videos; the children really enjoyed watching them. The videos were a brilliant addition to our celebration of World Book Day. The children loved being read aloud to by new faces and enjoyed hearing lots of new stories throughout the day. The picture books were really brought to life with the enthusiasm of all the volunteers sharing their favourite books, which prompted lots of great discussions about the children’s favourite books too. It was brilliant that the stories were able to be shared with children learning at home as well, who are missing daily reading in school and was a real highlight to their day. Thank you so much again.”

Nicola Carroll, Associate Director at Speed Communications said:

“Our volunteers have really missed going into St Barnabas school to read with their buddy. We have been thinking about how we could keep up the relationships over the last year and World Book Day gave us the perfect opportunity to support the school and children with our virtual story sessions. We were so glad that these videos were also shared with the children at home, as they will have been missing out on 1:1 reading. We can’t wait to get back into school to reconnect with our reading buddies.”

Click here to watch Nicola read The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. https://youtu.be/PFQVZ7TeALo

If you are interested in partnering with a local school and support their pupils with improving their literacy & numeracy skills please do get in touch with our Primary Project Manager, Catherine Correia: catherine.correia@ablazebristol.org.