Did you know that May is National Share-a-Story Month? Started by The Federation of Children’s Book Groups in the 1960s, it was created to encourage children to read more. We all know that if you can get a child to read more, they will have better academic outcomes. So, if you are an Early Years supply teacher, Primary supply teacher or a supply T.A. you can get involved in supporting children to read more through share a story month.
Firstly, we know time is precious, so we have given you a 10-point summary of share a story month. Secondly, we have provided all the links you need to access classroom resources to help you plan activities.
What you need to know about National Share-a-Story Month
- It takes place every year in the UK throughout the month of May.
- It celebrates the power of storytelling.
- A variety of different events take place across the UK. To find out about Children’s book club events locally, click here.
- There is a different theme each year and this year’s theme is “Sail Away in A Story.”
- “Sail Away in A Story” refers to stories set around oceans, seas, rivers, on boats, or to do with mermaids, pirates and underwater creatures.
- There is a short story competition where pupils can choose one of the story starters from Justin Somper, Anthony Burt and Philip Reeve or Sarah McIntyre. For more details click here,
- Also, there is a drawing competition where children can design their own boat. For more details click here.
- To check out the reading list for all ages on the theme of ‘Sail Away in A Story’ for national share a story month, click here.
- If you want to access classroom reading, writing, art, craft and drama activities for KS1 and KS2, click here
- We all know that many children have fallen behind, due to the disruption of the pandemic. This is a great opportunity to inspire children to read more.
We have a well-established tutoring network to help schools across the UK access high-quality tuition. Our programme is approved by the National Tutoring Programme. We have partnered with the Fischer Family Trust (FFT), to present one of the UK’s leading and only evidence-based programmes available. If you are a Supply TA or teacher and are interested in becoming a tutor or represent a school and want to know more about our tutoring programme, click here.