14 July 2020

CYP Summer reading challenges

Dear Cypress families,

We hope you will find these Summer Reading Challenges useful in encouraging children to keep reading over the summer holidays. Strong reading skills are essential for children to access every area of the curriculum and we hope these activities will help you to keep reading fun over the summer break!

Our Patron of Reading, Margaret Bateson-Hill, has set a Cypress Summer Challenge Book Bingo. You will have received a copy of this with your child’s school report. There is a copy attached to this web post, too. This is great fun as it incorporates different kinds of reading – not just books! Can you read what’s on the back of your cereal packet? Can you read a map? Can you read and say a tongue twister? Can you read and follow a recipe? These challenges help show children that reading has so many purposes! Please initial each square on the Book Bingo as your child completes them and return it in September to your new teacher.

Margaret Bateson-Hill has also put some videos and activities on her website and will be updating them throughout the summer holidays – learn to make dragons and chatterboxes and hear some more amazing stories:


Why not give them a try?

The Reading Agency has also set it’s annual Summer Reading Challenge with The Silly Squad! You will need to go online to create an account and then you will have access to lots of activities and games as well as e-books:


You can instantly access 1000s of eBooks, eAudio, digital magazines, newspapers and comics, plus other online resources, all for free by visiting:


Returning reading and library books

Finally, if you are able to return your child’s class reading books and library books before the end of term, we would be very grateful. This will give us a chance to reorganise our resources ready for September. We have updated books on Bug Club for Lower school children so they have reading materials at their reading level available all summer. If you are not able to return books, please make sure your child brings their books back to school in September to give to their new class teacher. We wish you all a very happy and safe summer of reading!

Mrs Parker

English lead at Cypress Primary

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Published on 14th July, 2020

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