I am loving Bug Club both as a parent and as a teacher. My P3 son is having so much fun collecting his points to tell his friends in school. My P1 class are enjoying the interactive bugs and having the lilac stories which they are familiar with to discuss at home and in school.
Irene McCool, Teacher, Holy Trinity Primary School
From the moment I picked up one of the books and realised that the content inside more than lived up to the expectation created by the attractive covers I knew that I had to make Bug Club a school priority. Then the books arrived, and the positive reaction from every single member of staff confirmed that this was an outstanding scheme. However, it wasn't until I heard the reaction of the children in the class next door to my office that I realised what a special resource we have on our hands - each and every child was genuinely excited. Then, when the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family.
Tristran Roberts, Headteacher, Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead
It is great to see some of the boys, especially the reluctant readers, actually want to be the first to choose a book to read. Compared to traditional reading schemes, Bug Club is so much more advanced given that children can follow different characters and not the same ones week in week out; they can choose fiction, fact, or even comics to read, with all of it being reinforced at home in an interactive and fun way.
Sue Feneiron, Year 1 teacher, Brookfield Infant School, Kent
Fun, interactive, engaging and most importantly, makes reading an experience that children can be proud of.
Kelly Holden-White, Literacy Coordinator, St Marys' RC Primary School, Bicester
Bug Club fitted perfectly into our mission to raise reading standards in KS2 and has been worth every penny spent. Ebooks promote positive reading experiences and our pupils began to talk animatedly about their book selections outside of lessons. Sharing, recounting and recommending books became known affectionately as “bugging” and pupils would “bug” one another about what books they were reading or how many rewards they had achieved. The programme lit the fire of enthusiasm for our most disinterested boys, and reading levels rose rapidly, alongside better attitudes to reading for pleasure, which was driven by peer approval. It also acted as a valuable home/school communication link and we ran a very successful father and son Reading is IT! Project. I hope this is just enough to “bug” you into contacting the wonderful Eleanor Jones and finding out what Bug Club can do for your school.
Orla Murphy, Literacy Coordinator, St. Mary’s, Mullaghbawn
The children love the different illustrations and the familiar characters. It really inspires the more reluctant readers.
Siobhan Mallon, High Wych CE Primary School, Hertfordshire
I absolutely love the new Bug Club resources - they are up-to-date and appeal to children. The way that all the elements fit together is fantastic as it fits in with how we teach children to read and how children learn to read. The eBooks and notes to parents will give the parents the confidence to support their children with reading. It is an invaluable resource for our KS1 children learning to read but also for our KS2 struggling readers and children who are behind with their phonics as you can allocate the element that is appropriate to them for intervention work - I believe that it is going to be the key that has not been there so far, for children like this to want to learn to read and spell.
Rachel Axten-Higgs, Bishop Henderson C of E School, Somerset