Readers’ Cup

Readers’ Cup winners presentation will be held when school reopens.

Exciting moments from the preliminary rounds (12th March 2020)

Readers’ Cup 2020

Year 3/4 Shortlist

Year 5/6 Shortlist

Readers’ Cup Timeline

What is the Readers’ Cup?

The Readers’ Cupis a reading competition open to any children in the Junior School who wish to take part and its aim is to promote a love of reading.

The competition is split into two groups with different books for each group:

  • The Younger Readers: Years 3-4
  • The Older Readers: Years 5-6

There are 4-6 children in a team and the teams register in the Junior Library in Term 2 after voting for the shortlist.

1. Children read the longlisted books (see above display in the Library).

2. Children vote for their favourite books to make a shortlist in January 2020.

3. Preliminary rounds in the Junior Library at lunchtime in March 2020.

4. Finals in Year Group Assemblies. MC’ed by Head of School and Deputies March 2020.

So start reading the books now!

If you have any queries at all about the Readers’ Cup competition please phone the library staff at 67703143.

Who chooses the books for the Readers’ Cup Competition?

This is a collaboration between the Teacher-Librarians, Junior Library team and Junior School students. Many longlisted books are International Award Winning books.

How can my parents find out about the competition?

Show them this page and they are all invited to a Parent Workshop in January!

How do I take part in the Readers’ Cup?

  1. Ask friends to make a team of 4-6 students. Stick to your team. No swapping once you commit!
  2. Think of a great name for your team. Collaborate!
  3. Start reading the books.
  4. Once everyone has voted for the final 6 books (shortlist). Reread them.
  5. One copy of everything will stay in the library.

And presenting last year’s winners… from Year 4…

Team RC Strikes Again

and from Year 6

Team Extreme

Which year group will win it this year?

How is the competition run? Warning – lots of detail…

There are 2 rounds in the competition:

  • The Preliminary Round: in this round, all teams come to the kiva at lunchtime and answer questions about the books on the Younger Readers’ short list or the Older Readers’ shortlist depending on their year group. Each book has 5 questions that need to be answered by the team. The questions are all written in a little booklet and each team is given one booklet for the competition. The questions are also up on the screen in the Kiva and the Teacher-Librarian reads each question out before the students write their answers. The TL marks the answer sheets and the two winning year groups from each year group go through to the Finals.
  • The Finals: the Finals are held during a Year Group Assembly in the unit. So, for example, the Year 3 Finals will be held during a Year 3 Assembly in the Year 3 unit. Generally the Head of School or the Deputy Head of School act as MC and run the finals competitions in each year group. For the Finals, the questions are put up on the screen and the teams record their answers on a whiteboard which they hold up, when asked to do so, to show their answers. The answers are also shown on the screen after teams have shown their answers. The Teacher-Librarian acts as the overall judge and decides if an answer is worthy of a full point or a half point.

In the competition we ask questions about each book, for example we ask questions about

– the characters

– the plot

– the pictures

– the author/illustrator

– the information in the book if it is a non-fiction book

What are the prizes?

Please remember what’s important about the competition is that you are having fun with your friends and reading lots of outstanding books. The prizes are not the focus of the competition but they are a way of acknowledging and rewarding the hard work and effort the contestants have put into the competition. The prizes sometimes vary from year to year but in general they follow the guidelines below:

  • All children entering the Readers’ Cup competition receive a small prize – e.g a pen or eraser.
  • We also have a Lucky Draw competition where every participant has the chance to win some prizes e.g a signed book by a visiting author.
  • Third place contestants receive a small prize e.g a bookmark.
  • The Runners’ Up in the Finals receive a medal and a small prize e.g a bookmark.
  • Each Year Group’s individual winners in the winning team win a medal and a book prize.
  • The overall School Champions (the year group winners with the highest score across the Junior School) receive a large trophy to display for that year, a small trophy to keep and a book voucher from a local book store.

Remember… it’s all about having fun and reading wonderful books.