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Page turners! Arsenal mascot salutes star readers

31 March, 2017

Reading volunteer Sharon Smith with pupils Riley Martin and Hatice Soysal

ARSENAL mascot Gunnersaurus was on hand to hear children read their favourite books on Friday.

The Read Aloud event at Islington’s William Tyndale Primary School allowed pupils to celebrate their reading skills. Reading Recovery teacher leader Peggy Ashton said the pupils had made “amazing advances”.

Books ranged from classics The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid to new favourites such as David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress.

Gunnersaurus and book lover Ozgur Bulbul

Poet John Hegley dropped in on Monday to take part in a workshop with children. Reading Recovery is a national programme which helps children who have fallen behind with reading by offering daily lessons with an expert teacher.

William Tyndale started supporting Reading Recovery in 2006, one of the first Islington schools to do so.

X-Files star Gillian Anderson, a supporter of the scheme, visited the school in 2015 to hear children read. Footballer Gareth Bale, pop group Little Mix and TV presenter Tony Robinson have supported Reading Recovery.

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