In May, 192 primary school children of varying ages from Kings Oak Primary School visited the Centre where they got an informative tour of Sainsbury’s where they saw the journey of products from delivery to the shop floor. Then it was on to BHS to hear a fabulously exciting story told by Tony Dallas. The children then went onto make a bookmark to go in one of their three new books in our craft workshop which was located in our Centre Square. After all that hard work it was time for a snack and a drink supplied by BHS Restaurant.
Organised as part of the Young Readers Programme, the event evolved from the relationship between Eden Walk and the National Literacy Trust, designed to inspire children under the age of 11 to read in their spare time, and to see reading as a fun and creative activity. This programme stems from a study that showed reading outside of the classroom instigates higher reading levels within the classroom.
Mike Rainy, Year 4 Leader at one of the visiting schools, commented,
“It was fantastic thanks! The children loved every single activity and really got a lot out of the whole experience! Since choosing their three books, my class have never been so in love with reading! It is absolutely wonderful to see!”