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Books Come Alive at Meath School

A few weeks ago, I CAN’s Meath School for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) had a whole week of book focused activities. The week included World Book Day and the children enjoyed a range of stories read not only by the teaching staff but other people from the wider school community including the CEO of I CAN, Bob Reitemeier CBE and the “Reading Champions” from one of our Confederation Schools.

Stories were carefully chosen to target the appropriate language levels for our language impaired learners so that stories were engaged with and enjoyment was doubled!

Two challenges were presented for our children throughout the week: a Reading Challenge where children were asked to list all the books they had shared or read and write down any book related visits they had completed during the half term break and a competition to match the book to the mystery reader also took place. Children had to match a photo of an adult reading a mystery book to the front cover of a book. There was always a visual clue in the photo, like a fox’s tail, a hungry caterpillar, or a shoe!

All the school, staff and pupils alike, participated in dressing up as a book character on the final day. One class dressed as all the characters from Julia Donaldson’s book The Smartest Giant in town. We all had fun!

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