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Reading Enrichment and Library

Every year in the month of October we celebrate Black History and heritage. This year’s Black History Month is aimed at celebrating black female literary history and shining the spotlight on some of our favourite black female authors and illustrators. The official theme is ‘saluting our black sisters’.

To celebrate this, we would love for our pupils to discover and explore some iconic black characters within children’s books and to explore some inspirational black authors and illustrators.

This can be a research-based project for all of the family to get involved with and is a brilliant way to broaden our knowledge.

Below are some ideas of characters and authors that you may wish to explore along with a template for an activity sheet.


We look forward to receiving some new and exciting findings and possibly finding your new favourite author. Happy Reading!


Catch Me Reading - Competition!

Over the half term you are challenged to do some extreme reading (safely): celebrating books and the pleasure of reading them. 

To enter you need to get a photo of you being caught reading somewhere unusual, funny or surprising!  You might be posing with a book up a mountain, relaxing with a book in a hammock or reading somewhere unexpected like on a washing line. Let your imagination fly! The more inventive, the better. 

Just get someone to take a photo and enter the Get Caught Reading competition.  The idea is to celebrate books and readers and show that we are a reading school here at Gascoigne. The photos will be used for display to promote reading. 

All Gascoigne staff have been invited to take part so, look forward to seeing some of your teachers’ photos on the competition board! 


For more information on how to submit your photos, please see the below attachment:

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Gascoigne Primary School Gascoigne Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 7DR

Gascoigne Shaftesburys, Shaftesburys, Barking, Essex, IG11 7JA

020 8270 4291