Record breakers

A total of 270 pupils and staff from Rainford High School took on the challenge to break the Guinness World Record for the largest reading lesson.

As a starter, Year 7 pupils enjoyed taking part in an interactive group quiz, testing their general knowledge on the Harry Potter series. They were then amazed as J K Rowling appeared on the big screen and began reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to them.

Pupils listened in awe and followed the author’s every word in their own personal copy of the book as her passionate interpretation of each character made the words come alive on the page.

At the end of the reading of the first chapter, pupils applauded and then finished the lesson with a language analysis game based on key quotations from the first chapter. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the literacy lesson with a difference and waited with baited breath to see whether or not they were able to break the record.

Mrs Wheelock, associate principal for literacy, sent the witness statements, the steward forms, along with photo and video evidence and was delighted to announce to Year 7s in assembly that “We did it!”

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