More than reading

Literacy is about more than just being able

to read books.

That was what the staff of the Gordon

Greenidge Primary School set out to prove, and,

according to principal Angela Smith, they have.

The school recently held Literacy Week

with a host of activities to get its pupils

involved in everything from storytelling to

drama presentations, to book reports – even

incorporating technology.

Smith said: “What I liked about it is that you

could see that the parents helped the children,

and that was good: to have the parents on board

as well. So not only did the parents come in and

read, but they also helped the children to prepare

their projects.”

“Overall,” she added, “it went well. Especially

the projects the children had to prepare on

Barbadian writers, they were all excellently done.

“We had the penmanship part of the

programme, and that too was well done, and the

education officer came in and addressed

the children.”

The principal mentioned that the incorporation

of technology into the week added a bit of

excitement for the children, whose parents

allowed them to bring their iPads, tablets, even

cellphones to school to display and show how

important it was to think of all these gadgets in

terms of how they could contribute to literacy

among children.

Asked about perhaps extending the programme

to other schools, Smith admitted they had not

really considered it, since others also had their

own literacy celebrations.

Smith said the only reason the school’s own

came later than the rest was because Literacy

Day was actually within the first week of school,

and Gordon Greenidge Primary had made the

decision to hold off and allow for more indepth

planning of its events before hosting them

around monthend.

At the end, she said, they rewarded the

children for good work in areas like writing,

poetry, oration, drama and art.

“Some got buttons awarding them for their

success, and others got certificates. I think we

achieved our objective really, which was to

sensitize the children as to the current means of

literacy, rather than thinking of literacy as being

just able to read and write.

“I believe we achieved that main objective,

which I think broadened their horizon, their

understanding that literacy is much wider than

that. Based on that, I am happy; and the parents

and children were involved, which was good.

“And we also got different community

participants like the Ministry [of Education], Cicely

Spencer-Cross and others,” said Smith.

Having wrapped up all the events for literacy,

the Gordon Greenidge Primary principal will now

look to Education Month –– Poetry And

Reading Day, for which her pupils are

eagerly preparing. (LB)

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