celebrates 11 million free books for children
FROM this week 700,000 school
children in England aged 4 to 5 years will start to get a free picture book to
encourage them and their parents to read together for pleasure.
Booktime, an annual book gifting programme
from Britain's largest reading charity Book Trust, was set up in 2006 to
give free books to reception age pupils all over England. The aim is to
encourage reading for pleasure at home and at school, starting in the 1st
This week, in its tenth anniversary year,
Booktime is providing more than 700,000 4 to 5 year olds with a free copy of
the award winning Nosy Crow title, Open Very Carefully, by Nicola O'Byrne.
The book is a funny, interactive story
about a grumpy crocodile that has ended up in the wrong book. He proceeds to
eat his way out as he tries to escape a storybook that is all wrong for him
but hilarious fun for the reader.
Book Trust Chief Executive, Diana Gerald said:- "It's great to know
that every reception age child will get a really wonderful storybook to
enjoy reading at home. We know that children who read with their parents or
carers at home do better at school and are more socially, culturally and
emotionally prepared for life. That's why Booktime is so important! It
brings a fantastic new book into every family home, along with fun games and
ideas to help the whole family enjoy it and reap the full benefits."
An event to celebrate the Booktime 10th Birthday was held at Wix Primary
School in Clapham today with every reception age child receiving their
Booktime book pack. Professional storyteller Emily Cocking, also known as
the Reading Fairy.
Wix Primary School Head teacher, Tania Kodjovi-Stapp, said:- "Booktime
is such a valuable initiative and one that Wix School wholeheartedly
supports. It is important to encourage reading in children from an early age
with a variety of reading books and reading experiences both at school and
at home. Seeing our children reading for pleasure; so excited and in wonder
about the world and adventures within the book pages is such a delight."
Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy
Crow publishers, said:- "We are so proud that 1 of Nosy Crow's
picture books has been chosen for Booktime this year. To make it through the
rigorous selection process is a real validation of what we're always trying
to do with our picture books. Open Very Carefully is fun and original and
really invites the child and the parent in."
All children should have received their
free book by December.
Booktime books so far:-
2006-07 - Hairy Maclary's Bone, Lynley Dodd
2007-08 - Funnybones, Janet and Allan
2008-09 - Harry and the Dinosaurs go to
School, Ian Whybrow, Adrian Reynolds
The Booktime Book of Fantastic 1st
Poems, June Crebbin (ed.)
2009-10 - Mr Big, Ed Vere
The Booktime Book of Fantastic 1st
Poems, June Crebbin (ed.)
2010-11 - "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly..." Said
the Sloth, Eric Carle
Why is the Sky Blue?
2011-12 - Tinga Tinga Tales - Why Elephant
Has a Trunk
Face Painting, Monica Hughes
2012-13 - Peter Rabbit - The Tale of A
Naughty Little Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
Tim's Din, Monica Hughes, Bill Ledger
2013-14 - Charlie and Lola - But Excuse Me
That is My Book, Lauren Child
Tom's Mad Mop, Celia Warren, Bill Ledger
2014-15 - Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's
Dairy, Lynley Dodd
Go to Bed, Emma Lynch
2015-16 - Open Very Carefully, Nicola
O'Byrne, words by Tim Bromley
New teaching talent arrives
at King George V College
KING George V (KGV) College has
recruited a diverse range of talented new teachers to take students' learning to
the next level.
Principal Adele Wills says KGV is going from strength to strength, and is
injecting new teaching talent into the college's ranks.
The college in Southport recently celebrated a 99% A Level pass rate and is now
welcoming students for the new college year.
"This has been an action-packed year for KGV. We've opened our £4million state of the art creative arts building and welcomed
new governors to the college's board. The exam results last month were really
the 'cherry on top' and demonstrate the hard work teachers and students
consistently put in.
We've now employed six new teachers across a range of subject areas including
languages, media, electronics and science.
On behalf of all staff and students I'd like to welcome them to the team and
look forward to working with them to help continue to give students the
excellent standard of teaching they are used to." said
Principal Adele Wills.
The mark of any college's success is its students and this summer KGV's achieved
outstanding A-Level results with a 99% pass rate. Grades A* to C were achieved
by 80% of the college while more than 53% received the highest possible grades.
Ms Wills said she and the whole staff body were delighted with the results
across the college's 38 A-level subjects, it was particularly impressive that a
significant number of subject areas achieved 100% high grades (grades A* to B).
The college also achieved a 100% pass rate for BTEC Advanced Level Extended
Diplomas with 95% of these at distinction grade or above.
Principal Adele Wills said now is the:- "best time ever" to study at KGV,
adding:- "We have a fresh focus on excellence. We have made dynamic changes across
the college to ensure we're providing the best education for our students. We value our students and work with them to build their
► Mark Hughes, Course Leader, Film and Media
Originally from the north east, Mark comes to KGV from West Lancashire College
where he worked as Head of Film and Media.
► Claire Barre, Course Leader, French
Claire is fluent in French having lived and studied in France for two years. She
holds a joint BA degree in French and English from Sheffield University, and is
also a qualified journalist who has previously worked for The Liverpool Echo.
► Fernando Alvarez Gonzalez, Course Leader, Spanish
Fernando is a native speaker of Spanish and is also fluent in French. He lived
in France for 5 years and has taught Spanish to all age groups. He moved to
England in 2005 where he has taught GCSE and A-Level Spanish.
► Mark Tompkins, Course Leader, Physics and Electronics
Mark graduated from Lancaster University in 1994 with a BEng in Mechanical
Engineering. After university he spent 2 years working in the automotive
manufacturing sector. He taught physics at Maghull High School for 14 years, 10
of which were spent as Head of Physics, before moving to Wigan UTC where he
established the science faculty.
► Stuart Royle, Course Leader, English Literature and GCSE English
Stuart studied English and American Literature at Manchester University where he
obtained his BA. He stayed at Manchester to obtain a MA in Post 1900 Literature.
He taught for 4 years at an international school in Lisbon and will now head
up the college's A-Level English Literature course.
► David Linley, Course Leader, Maths
David has been teaching since 1999, beginning his teaching career in Southport
at Greenbank High School where he taught Maths and guitar. He taught at St
Mary's College in Crosby for 9 years where he was instrumental in running the
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.