Local MP Mike Thornton visited Norwood Primary School in Eastleigh and read ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ to local children on Friday.
The MP, who also read a selection of his favourite poems, was impressed by the love of reading displayed by the children and asked them to read at home with friends and family.
Mike Thornton said: “One of my favourite things about being a local MP is visiting schools and seeing first hand the creativity and energy that children have.
“The children I met today had a love of reading and learning, which was obvious not only from the praise given by their teachers but the intelligent and inventive questions they asked.
“It is vitally important to encourage children to read for pleasure. Evidence suggests that it improves their vocabulary, general knowledge and chances of doing well at school.
“The Lib Dems have given 15 hours of free education to all 3-4 year-olds and set up a £2.5 billion Pupil Premium which puts more money directly in to schools that need it most and I’m immensely proud to see the help it gives to children.”
Rosemary Diskin, Headteacher at Norwood Primary School, said: “At NorwoodPrimary School we aim to foster a love of language and reading and, therefore, attach great importance to enabling our children to become fluent readers.
“From Year R onwards, children are exposed to a wide range of authors and text types and regularly hear books being read to them, in addition to reading for their own pleasure. We also offer a lunchtime Book club whereby children can access a text with children from other year groups.
“We welcomed the opportunity to have Mike Thornton visit our school to share a love of reading and enjoy a favourite book together with the children and thereby strengthen links with the local community.”
After visiting the school, Mike chatted to parents at the gates and handed out his Schools Survey asking parents’ opinions on improving education in the UK.