Upton’s Millionaires Are Rich With Words
A group of young millionaires at Upton Junior School have enjoyed a special celebration to show they are rich with words.
The afternoon tea was held to honour children whose love of literacy has seen them read more than a million words since the start of the school year in September.
In fact reading is so popular that some pupils have read more than three million words in that time period, demonstrating a deep love of books and stories, whether it is for education and research, fact or fiction.
Assistant Head of School Gemma Scarr said: “Whilst enjoying their afternoon tea, children discussed their love of reading and the different books and authors they enjoy.
“Each term the children get an afternoon tea and each term more and more children get to enjoy this as children are reading more and more. It was such a wonderful time together talking about our love of reading."
Upton actively encourages a joy for reading that will last pupils a lifetime, fully integrating countrywide initiatives like National Read A Book Day into the school calendar each year.
The school also runs its own accelerated reader programme that encourages pupils to read independently at their own level and pace, and it includes a digital platform to read on at home.
And before reaching the magic million word milestone, children who have read more than 200 times join the aptly named 200 Club.
Miss Scarr added: “Reading is very popular at Upton, and is a cornerstone of our ongoing literacy drive. It helps develop a knowledge about the use of words, grammar, and it enhances communication skills as well.”
She explained that countless studies have highlighted the benefits of reading. These include improving vocabulary and writing skills, increasing memory, developing analytical thinking, helping with focus and concentration, and increasing your knowledge. Reading is also hugely beneficial to your wellbeing, reducing stress, aiding relaxation, and helping you to sleep.