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Heacham pupils turn reading into an extreme sport

An extreme reading challenge has inspired youngsters at two Heacham schools to unleash their inner bookworm in some very unusual places.

Taking literary learning to the next level, pupils at Heacham Infant and Nursery and Heacham Junior Schools were challenged to send in pictures of them reading in unusual locations.

Organised by assistant head Catherine Bennet and English lead Claire Chadderton, the pair received replies including one student hiding in a cupboard and even one on a roof.

“The extreme reading challenge was a bit of fun, but also a way to encourage them to regard reading as a leisure activity, not just something to do with school work, and it seems to have worked, so we hope we can encourage them to be lifelong readers," said Louise Jackson, executive headteacher of Heacham Infant and Junior schools, and Snettisham Primary.

“There are many opportunities in our curriculum for them to practice reading, and we’ve made sure parents have access to support if needed. Now that we’re back at school we’ll make sure all pupils have opportunities to read in class, in groups and individually, so we can help them to make up any lost ground.”

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