Sunderland students learn the power of books

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CARING students are putting books at the heart of learning.

Students on the University of Sunderland’s Childhood Studies course spent time working with staff at Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books in Newcastle, to learn about the power books can have.

The group enjoyed a guided tour of current exhibitions and discussed how children learn from books, what makes a high quality read and explored titles with specific learning outcomes.

They also looked at story and language and how great books underpin, enhance and extend formal teaching and inspire creative responses.

Karen Tait, senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland, said: “The opportunity for childhood studies students to visit Seven Stories very much enhances their understanding of just how important early literacy development is to children’s learning.

“These students will progress to jobs in teaching, early years services and supporting families, so learning how to promote the importance of books and reading for pleasure is essential.”