Reading Challenge

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge – Reading Globetrotters

All pupils from P4-7 participate in the ‘First Minister’s Reading Challenge’.  This is their reading homework from October to July, and it is positively encouraged that all pupils participate.

Each pupil is issued with a ‘First Minister’s Reading Challenge’ passport.  We encourage them, in discussion with home, to set a personal challenge.  See link below for suggestions.

Reading Challenge Suggestions

With support from home they should select books from their local library, school library and home to read.  We would positively encourage the reading of books together, discussing the plot, vocabulary and asking questions about the book.  Even as far as P7, enjoying a novel together can have a positive impact on their reading ability.

Once they have read their book….

  • They write a short but reflective book review.  We have provided an example.   See below for book review examples.
  • Book Review Example
  • For every 5 books they read and review they should hand in their passport to their Class Captain.  The Class Captain will move them to the next country on our school map.
  • The goal is to visit as many countries as possible

Other linked initiatives…

  • We have set a ‘Reading Globetrotter Challenge’ for the whole school to see who can travel to the most amount of countries.  For every 5 books they read they will be moved to a new country on a whole school display.
  • Rewards for their globetrotting are still to be decided by the pupils.

Reading Globetrotter Passport

5 book reviews = 1 country

I have visited….

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Belarus
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Canada
  • United States of America
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • China
  • Australia

There will be some children who still receive a reading book set by a teacher with set pages to be read at home.  In this instance the ‘Reading Challenge’ then becomes optional as we do not wish to overwhelm any pupil.  It is also important to highlight that reading takes many forms so a comic, newspaper or audio book also will count.  Enjoyment of all texts is our main goal.

Parents are encouraged to initial/sign their book reviews, as they would with reading diaries.  The following links are excellent sites to look for suitable books you may wish to encourage your child to read……



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