Posted on: December 14th 2018

Family Learning Reading Tea Event

At Bridgemary school reading is high on our school agenda with families being invited to our monthly Reading with Afternoon tea events. Families reading together sends a powerful message to our children that reading is fun and something that you can enjoy together as a family. The atmosphere was ‘buzzing’ at our latest event, with families sharing the joy of reading, whilst having a lovely afternoon tea.


Building Links with Local Libraries

Roma Williams (Bridgemary Library) was delighted to attend this month’s Family Reading Tea and said ‘It was a great pleasure for me to be able to attend the Family Tea at Bridgemary School. It was amazing to see so many families engaging with this event which promotes reading in such a positive way. 

I was able to chat with families in a relaxed and informal setting about what reading means to them. It enabled interesting and enlightening discussions about the difficulties that we face when we try to fit reading in to our busy lives and how easy it is for us ALL to be 'too busy to read'.

Some students talked about the pressure of schoolwork and preparing for exams and how this can leave little time for 'relaxing with a book' even if they want to.

I was also able to raise awareness of the Bridgemary Public Library and the way we use this space to benefit the community.’

Roma will become a regular visitor to our school in the New Year and we look forward to continue to develop links in the community to develop family and student engagement in reading. /workshops

Look out for more family learning events in the new year! If you are interested in attending one, please get in touch with either Mrs Matthias-Rosser (Literacy Lead) or Mrs Sweetenham (Librarian).





There is strong research evidence showing the positive difference it makes when parents and family members get involved in a child’s education. Parental involvement in encouraging reading is key. Children whose families read for pleasure are more likely to take it for granted that reading is a worthwhile activity. For more information, visit parentalinvolvement.doc.


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