Pupils Find out Why Reading Matters; Research into Facial Expressions Could Help People with Williams Syndrome

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Pupils Find out Why Reading Matters; Research into Facial Expressions Could Help People with Williams Syndrome


Byline: Moira Sharkey

CHILDREN'S Laureate Michael Rosen has teamed up with a Welsh school to help inspire youngsters to read.

Fearing that 21st century children will always opt for computer games and TV instead of books, Rosen has made it his mission to ensure children learn to love reading.

Springwood Primary School in Cardiff took up the challenge and together they have made Just Read, a programme which will be screened on Sunday on BBC Four as part of the Why Reading Matters season.

The Children's Laureate, who has been writing stories and poems for more than 40 years, visited the school to demonstrate some techniques and enlisted the help of parents, teachers and other school staff to try new ways of instilling passion for books in the children.

Headteacher Brian Meagher said: "Working with Michael Rosen on the Just Read project was very exciting for everyone. Our aim was to make Springwood a book-loving school and we did this through a variety of means.

"We wrote poetry, visited the local library, went to Castell Coch on a Fairies and Dragons walk and then wrote stories about it - we even had a sleep-over after school to hear bedtime stories and drink hot chocolate. …

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