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9 September to 8 December 2013
What was it all about?
Research shows that teaching children a love of reading early on in their lives by using play-based approaches to reading can benefit their literacy development. We also know that tapping into children’s interests is a great way of engaging them in learning.
With this in mind, the National Literacy Trust teamed up with CBeebies Magazine to run the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure, a fun and play-based competition for children aged three to seven which featured several of CBeebies’ most popular characters.
Through our partnership, Immediate Media, the magazine’s publisher, and the National Literacy Trust hoped to provide teachers and early years professionals with an engaging platform to promote storytelling and literacy.
We provided schools and early years settings with a suite of resources to enable them to deliver a reading-themed week centred around five of CBeebies’ most popular characters. Settings were provided with a chart featuring these characters and every day the children met a new CBeebies character, read a story about that character and then completed a related fun literacy activity. Every child who visited all five characters, read all the stories and completed all the activities was entered into a national prize draw.
Every school/setting that took part in the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure could access a whole host of resources to support them in running the competition.
Chart of “CBeebies Land”
A chart of featured CBeebies characters which was displayed on the wall and used to engage children with the competition tasks. Download
Big Reading Adventure stories and activities
Settings shared these stories with the children and then completed the related activities. The stories could be projected on to the interactive whiteboard for lots of audience participation. Download
This achievement chart was given to every child taking part so that they could record the stories they read and the activities they completed. Includes stickers that can be cut out and glued onto the chart. Download
Settings recognised the achievement of children who completed their Big Reading Adventure by awarding them with this special CBeebies magazine certificate. Download
These additional activity ideas kept older and high ability children engaged. Download
Every child who visited all five characters, read all the stories and completed all the activities was eligible to be entered into the national prize draw to win…
For the child:
- A year-long subscription to CBeebies magazine
- £50 worth of book vouchers
For their school/ library or early years setting:
- An afternoon of storytelling performances and workshops led by a professional storyteller, with a little help from a well-known CBeebies character…
10 runners up received a six month subscription to CBeebies magazine.
 Rose Review, 2006