UKEdMag: Reading Rocks by @bankslaneinf

During our ‘Reading Fortnight’ I wanted to get as many children and families enthused about reading. So, taking inspiration from Stockport Rocks (rocks are painted and hidden around local parks) I decided to do Banks Lane Infants Reading Rocks!

This article originally appeared in Issue 55 of the UKEdMagazine – Click here to freely read online.

I had previously purchased some rocks for an art activity so I painted fifteen of them with children’s book characters, book title and author’s name. I did a grid for the children to tick off the rocks they found.

The rocks were hidden in the playground. I explained the activity in assembly- find a rock, tick it off their sheet and then hide the rock again. The children were encouraged to find the rocks before school and hometime so that families could be involved too.

Lots of children and families spent time exploring the playgrounds to find the rocks. I promoted the event on Twitter and we got lots of positive posts. Parents came to say what a fantastic time they’d had searching and talking about the books painted on the rocks. One parent said they’d been and borrowed the books on the rocks from the library.

The activity was a great success! The children’s enthusiasm for the activity was wonderful!

@bankslaneinf Yr1 Teacher English Lead Yr1 Lead – Stockport

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