Marchbank wins Bradford Rhyme Challenge

Posted on 16.07.2019

We are proud to announce that Dixons Marchbank has won the 2019 Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge.  The annual event, which spans the academic years is organised by The Bradford Libraries Service and aims is to use rhymes to promote reading, a love of books and get children visiting libraries.

The school was given 5 rhymes to teach at our mother and toddler groups. Activities and story telling sessions were organised around the subject of the rhymes. This included a visit from Book Start bear at the beginning of the year, who gave book packs to all the children.  Through the course of year, the group enjoyed six visits to the local library where storytelling sessions were provided. All the children got signed up to the library and received a free book every session. The children were also signed up to the Imagination Library, an initiative set up by Dolly Parton to promote reading. Through the Imagination Library, children receive a free book a month until they are five, so they can have their own little library at home.

The parents filled out evaluation forms which were sent to the library service along with a summary, written by our Parental Involvement Worker Sameera Khan, detailing how we promoted learning through rhyme.  With most play groups, private nurseries and school nurseries in Bradford taking part, the competition was really strong, so we were very pleased to have been nominated, let alone come out as winners.  

Helen Haunch, Principal said:

"We are all very proud of this achievement. The group engaged positively with the activity, leading the way and inspiring the children to actively participate.  Literacy is such a vital part of our children's development, so I hope the experience has helped them to develop an enjoyment in reading."

Sameera Khan, Parental Involvement Officer said:

"It was such an honour to receive the certificate from the Lady Mayoress. Hopefully, this award will help promote our Stay and Play sessions and we will have the opportunity to work with even more parents in the future.  Well done to all the families who make the effort to bring the children every week. Thanks also to Bradford Under Fives Association who help us through training and talks for parents and staff.  I can't wait to start on next year challenge now!"