Pupils at St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School in Banbury have come on leaps and bounds in their literacy skills thanks to a brand new reading project set up by Oxford University Press.
Year Two pupils have been working in groups of four with a dedicated reading assistant with an exciting series of gripping new adventure books under the scheme entitled Project X.
Staff believe the project has helped pupils make giant steps in literacy, moving them forward 19 months in ability levels in just a four-month period.
The school was ranked top in Oxfordshire above other schools trialling the scheme and pupils were presented with special progress certificates at an assembly presentation last Monday.
Author Alan Durant, who was in school to meet the pupils and support the project, said: “Reading is the most important thing in developing imagination, but it’s not about how good you are it’s about how far you progress. The project is really exciting, not just in developing reading skills but in creating enthusiasm for reading.”
Key Stage One co-ordinator Sandra Findlay said: “It’s inspired the children to read.
“They can’t wait to go up for their Project X Session. To be the top school in Oxfordshire for progress made is something to be celebrated.”
For more information visit www.oup.com/oxed/primary/projectx