Wearing PJs during the day was not unusual during the pandemic lockdown, but it is not part of the regular uniform at St Peter and St Paul’s Catholic Primary Academy in Cramlington, where there was a distinctly relaxed feel on Friday. (May 14).
The Pyjamarama was part of a national event organised by the charity BookTrust to encourage a love of reading, raise funds and included a special bedtime story session.
“We feel that a love of books and reading stimulates the imagination and can take you to fantastic places. It opens doors into new worlds, both real and imagined and this is even more important at these difficult times. You are never alone if you have a good book,” said headteacher Louise Myerscough.
The whole school, with pupils aged from four to 11-years-old, took part in the Pyjamarama and staff members also joined the fun and were sporting a range of nightwear for the day. They hope to have raised around £150 in total.
A culture of reading is already well-developed at the school, a member of the multi-academy Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, and it has held two sponsored reading events over the last year and also hosted regular book fairs pre-pandemic.
It was given books worth more than £2,000 from publishers Usborne for the school library and there were also reading clubs and, pre-Covid, members of the community stay at the school after Friday Mass to listen to the pupils reading.
“We have a story time in each class at least three times a week,” said Mrs Myerscough, who is an avid reader of detective stories - especially by LJ Ross who bases her novels in Northumberland.
The children are particularly fond of The Rainbow Fish, by Swiss author Marcus Pfister and David Walliams remains a firm favourite.
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