Tom Palmer's World Cup journey 9
Posted by Tom Palmer
22 Jun 2010
I had a great day today at Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth FC. The school library service ran an amazing event which saw me and Helena Pielichaty deliver our Reads United event to two lots of 300 kids.
I met a lot of children who had been reading the online story. It was great to hear their thoughts – and worries for Danny. There are 3,000 schools downloading the story, each reading it to a rough average of 100-200 kids.
One nice teacher emailed me the following this evening about what they are up to:
“I am the librarian from Whiteley Primary School, we were lucky enough to be part of the crowd at Fratton Park this afternoon! We really enjoyed it. The kids were all reading their books on the way home.
“We are a big school, 617 on role, so the fact that half the Key Stage 2 classes are reading your daily story is a big achievement, well done!
“I have a goal in the library at the moment, with various football books and magazines and programmes in it; as well as a few footballs and lots of green stuff! The children have drawn pictures of themselves, which has created a crowd at the back, together with all the relevant flags that they made me too! It looks great and is really prompting discussion.”
So now to the Slovenia match. I will be watching it with Helena Pielichaty, who has kindly done today’s writing exercise.
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