Patron of Reading Visit tied in with World Book Day

Bernard Young Patron of Reading for Summerville Primary School Salford

On Friday 2nd March I spent an enjoyable day at Summerville Primary School in Salford. This was my third Patron of Reading visit to the school in a year, and was timed to be linked to World Book Day. The pupils were excited that I was there again (and so was I). We were building on previous work and now have a rewarding ongoing relationship. It creates a buzz in the school. It is a pleasure for me that I am now seeing familiar faces.

The young people remembered that last time I visited it was anti-bullying week and we had written some odd socks poems. They were keen to tell me that they had worn odd socks the day after I was there.

On this visit, I read poems from my new book, “What Are You Like?”. In the classrooms the pupils asked me questions about being a writer. We talked about the pleasure and importance of reading. Most of the children said they are keen readers. I told them how my parents read to me when I was young and that was what got me interested in reading myself and becoming a writer. I told them that writers were first of all readers.

I think other schools could learn a lot from this Patron of Reading scheme. Inviting a guest into the school several times a year is a good investment to give an extra dimension to the lessons. The on-going relationship reinforces the learning from the previous visits, refreshes ideas in the pupils’ memories.

So thank you Summerville staff and pupils. I look forward to the continuing rewarding Patron of Reading relationship.

What is a Patron of Reading?

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school: book quizzes, blogs, book recommendations, discussions, plays, poetry bashes, blogs, book trailers and visits. The possibilities are virtually endless.

First mooted by head teacher Tim Redgrave, the idea has now spread to almost 200 schools across the British Isles. Find out more: http://www.patronofreading.co.uk/

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3rd Patron of Reading Visit to Summerville Primary School #WorldBookDay

Bernard Young Patron of Reading for Summerville Primary School Salford

I am pleased to be returning to Summerville Primary School on Friday 2nd March in connection with World Book Day. This will be my 3rd visit to the school in less than a year as part of the Patron of Reading scheme.

On this visit as usual I will be reading some of my poems, but there will be an emphasis on the importance and pleasure of reading and how being a reader can lead you to also becoming a writer. I’ll be reading from my new book which will be published on 23rd February.

The idea of Patron of Reading is to build up a relationship with the school rather than just a one-off visit.

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school.” Read more about the scheme on the Patron of Reading website.

Wearing odd socks for Anti-Bullying Week #AllDifferentAllEqual

photo of feet copyright Bernard Young

Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity for children to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness! Schools across the country are holding Odd Socks Days as part of Anti-Bullying Week (13th-17th November). I’m looking forward to going to one of my Patron of Reading schools, Summerville Primary School in Salford, tomorrow, where we will be reading and writing poems on an anti-bullying theme.

If you are looking for ideas on how to use poetry for anti-bullying lessons, I listed some resources in a previous post here.

While we are on socks, here’s one of my poems that is from Brilliant and will also be in my new children’s poetry book due to be published soon.

Orange Socks

Orange socks
Orange socks
I’ve seen a girl wearing orange socks

Not blue not black
Not violet not pink

Orange socks
They make me think

of red hot days
the sun up above
when you don’t need your scarf
you don’t need your gloves

Orange socks
Orange socks
Who’s that girl wearing orange socks?

Not brown not grey
Not yellow not green

But the orangiest orange
that I’ve ever seen

Orange socks
I like the style
Orange socks
They make me smile

Orange socks
Orange socks
Glad I saw that girl in those orange socks

Empathy Heroes Day kicking off Patron of Reading in Oldham

Bernard Young at Oldham Hulme Grammar School Juniors

We had a great day kicking of the Patron of Reading relationship between myself and Oldham Hulme Grammar School Juniors on 12 September. The students were in fancy dress as their favourite heroes and the overall theme of the day was about putting yourself into other people’s shoes and being Empathy Heroes.

I worked with years 3, 4, 5 and 6 during the day. I read out some poems from my books and performed some accompanied by guitar. Then during the workshops pupils wrote poems inspired by shoes that they had brought in.

Before the end of the session many of the poems were performed by their authors. The school is planning to have more of these performances on National Poetry Day (28 September).

After lunch members of the school council (pictured below) interviewed me for the school magazine and asked questions about my career as a poet.

I’m looking forward to our continued Patron of Reading relationship.

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school.” Read more about the scheme on the Patron of Reading website.

What does it feel like to be in someone else’s shoes? Empathy Heroes Day

A man's foot with a old lady's feet in the background copyright Bernard Young

I’m looking forward to the first Patron of Reading visit to Oldham Hulme Grammar School Juniors on Tuesday. I will be leading poetry workshops using people’s shoes as inspiration for Empathy Heroes Day. I thought I’d repost a poem of mine along these lines as an example. This poem was inspired by the photo above.

The Visitor

When he arrives
she wonders who’s come?
He kisses her cheek
and calls her Mum.

After he’s been
she forgets that he came.
She can’t picture his face
or recall his name.

This poem and photograph was first published on blipfoto.com on 30th May 2013.

Delighted that I’m now Patron of Reading for Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Bernard Young Patron of Reading for Oldham Hulme Grammar School

I’m delighted to announce that it has been confirmed today that I am Patron of Reading for Oldham Hulme Grammar School. We have some exciting things planned for my first visit on 12th September.

This is the second school that I am working with as Patron of Reading. The other is Summerville Primary School, Salford, where I have had one visit so far in May.

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school.” Read more about the scheme on the Patron of Reading website.