King's Hawford

24 May

Reading with confidence and expression.

Last week, a very enthusiastic, if a little nervous Year 4 cohort all read a short extract from a book of their choice as part of the King’s Hawford annual Year 4 Reading Competition.  Standing at the front of the classroom to read their extract, all of the children read their pieces beautifully. Mr Cook and Miss Lake were extremely impressed by the quality of everyone’s entry – clearly it was going to be a close competition.
The children were marked on their fluency, expression, accuracy, and artistic impression. A bonus mark was also awarded for the engagement of the listeners.  There were noticeable themes throughout the reading competition heats, with lots of children choosing to read passages from various Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling books.  Mr Cook and Miss Lake found it incredibly difficult to narrow down the finalists, but with much discussion, the finalists were revealed in the following English lesson as: Darcy B, Teddy C, Otto E, Robyn G, Annabel J, Holly J, Rhys M, George O, Leighton S, Isabella W and Ava W.
The final took place on Monday in Miss Lake’s classroom, where parents of the finalists were invited as the audience and Mrs Knight, an avid book lover, as the judge. The quality of all the performances were excellent, which made Mrs Knight’s decision an incredibly difficult one. When the results rolled in, it was announced that Teddy, who had read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, was crowned the Year 4 Reading Competition Champion 2022, with Darcy and Isabella as runners up.  Teddy’s performance was captivating, as he had learned the majority of his three-minute passage off by heart, with lots of gestures and voices added in too. Every finalist received a certificate in assembly, with Teddy also taking home some book vouchers.
Congratulations to all of Year 4 for another spectacular reading competition.