‘Can dogs read?’ The question may seem odd, in fact it may seem a silly question to ask, but there is something very special that happens when pupils read to dogs. At Farney Close school, we are delighted to be piloting a reading programme with Pets As Therapy, a national charity that enhances the health and wellbeing of thousand’s of people in communities across the UK. Through Pets As Therapy, we been linked up with one of their local volunteers Maddy and her beautiful dog Rosie, and over the Summer term, selected pupils will read to Rosie. Confidence, and a pleasure of reading out loud are the simple goals of this intervention, in addition of course to Rosie enjoying being read to while getting a stroke as well. Our aim for this pilot reading programme is for it to form part of our reading strategies to encourage our pupils to become confident and proficient readers. We would like to thank Pets As Therapy for supporting this programme, in addition to Maddy and of course the lovely Rosie who is thoroughly enjoying the programme too.
You can find out more about Pets at Therapy by visiting their website at www.petsastherapy.org