Students of all ages from Gad’s Hill School are sharing stories this month to celebrate a national reading initiative.

Recently, Year eight classmates joined the Year one cohort to spend time enjoying the five to six-year-olds’ favourite fiction and thrilling tales with them.

National Share-A-Story Month is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling, set-up by The Federation of Children’s Book Groups – this year’s theme is travel.

Form tutor and Head of Kindergarten, Miss Victoria Wilson, said: “Reading is a big part of life at Gad’s and my class was very excited to welcome the Seniors to our story corner.

“The children listened beautifully while the older students delivered narratives about trains, boats and planes, to journeys through time and space.

“The rapport the groups had was lovely to see and testament to how our school works well as a community – and what better place than to share a story than in the home of great novelist Charles Dickens.”

Gad’s places great emphasis on reading. Students from Nursery to GCSE classes take part in regular local library visits and ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions in the school’s reading and research room, as well as themed-literary workshops and educational visits to compliment classwork.

The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is a national voluntary self-funded organisation whose aim is to promote enjoyment and interest in children’s books and reading and to encourage the availability of books for children of all ages, from first picture books to young adult.

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