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Introduction to OPERATION READ

Chris Ryan has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust’s Reading Champions initiative to set pupils on a reading mission!

NLT Reading Champion

The competition is now closed, but you can still set yourself an Operation Read Mission! See Below.

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If you would like to still take up the Operation Read Challenge, download the wallchart and watch the mission videos below!

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Engineering Mission – The Reading Wall

This mission is about creating your own reading wall. Set up a reading wall with the guidance of your commander. Use this as a space to recommend favourite reads, put up facts from the books you like e.g. The Guinness Book of Records, or use the space to post information about this competition. You could also put what you are reading or any other reading-related information up on the wall.

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Surveillance Mission – Get caught reading!

This mission is about catching other people reading and making a display.

Use digital or mobile phone cameras for this mission. The aim is to photograph staff or other pupils reading – catch them in the act! Once you have got the evidence, ask for a quote about why they are reading what they are reading. Collect these pictures and make a wall display of all those people who have been caught reading along with their quotes.

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Reconnaissance Mission – Reading survey

This mission is about finding out what others in your school like to read.

Run a survey in school to find out what your school likes reading. Then make this into a display, a short booklet, talk about it in assembly or just use it to inform your Commander what pupils in your school like reading.

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Pursuit Mission – Recommending reads

This mission is about recommending reads to others.

Once you have read a book you like, write on a strip of card information about why you liked the book. Put the card around the book and put it back in the library.

Keeping track of which are the best books is a good way of informing others what they might like. To complete this mission, each member of your team must have read a book they liked and put a strip of card around it.

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Supplies Mission – Create a swap box

This mission is about setting up a swap box of reading materials.

Set up and run a reading swap box. Put anything in there that you have read that you think other pupils would like. Comics, magazines and books all work well. Tell other classes about the swap box and get other pupils to bring things in too.

Try and get people to bring what they have taken from the box back to school when they have finished reading it, then you can continue to make the most of the ammunition that you have got.

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Strategy Mission – Run your own mission!

For this mission you need to create your own reading mission. This needs to be something that will get other pupils in your school reading or promotes reading to others at school. As a team, come up with some ideas, choose one and then speak to your commander to see if the idea is valid. Your commander may also have their own reading mission ideas.  

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