Each year’s Great Reading Adventure aims to encourage
people of all ages to learn something new – about a particular
author or genre of writing, about events from history, about
contemporary issues of debate. Wherever possible a direct link
is made to the life of Bristol.
The 2008 Great Reading Adventure
and The Bristol Story presents an opportunity to have fun while
learning about Bristol’s
past. It contains hundreds of fascinating (and mostly true) facts
about executions, battles, maps, diseases, explorers, pirates,
riots, sewage… and much more.
All schools in Bristol have
been invited to take part in the project and over 60 have signed
up to join in. They have each received free copies of The
Bristol Story and the comic for younger/emergent readers
along with the illustrated guide – which provides further historical
information about the city – and display material.
Activity sheets for use
in group work in the classroom or by individuals at home can
be downloaded here.
These include quizzes, wordsearches and other puzzles, suggestions
for writing and artwork, and research challenges.
Since the autumn, Bristol Cultural Development Partnership
has been running free creative workshops in selected schools
and colleges as part of the Portrait
of a Nation initiative for
young people. Click on the links at the side to find out about
the artists leading the workshops and to see some of the work
produced so far. More examples of work and photos of the participants
are in the Portrait
of a Nation section.
We hope that others
will be inspired to make their own artwork, comic books, writing
and drama pieces about their part of Bristol from seeing what
these young people have achieved so far.
We will display more examples of work produced in Portrait of
a Nation and during the Great Reading Adventure on this website
over the coming weeks. See also the News
and Press page.
Pupils at Fair Furlong Primary with their Portrait
of a Nation collage (Martin Chainey).
Pupils from Fair Furlong attended the launch event at Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery (Martin Chainey).
Pupils at New Oak Primary with their Portrait of a
Nation collage (Martin Chainey).
Pupils from New Oak told the audience at the launch event how they created their collage (Martin Chainey).
Download a summary of the
on-line feedback received from schools about the Great Reading Adventure 2008 here.
Visit this Bristol reading
project's website here.