Inverness primary pupils urged to read books to dogs – BBC News

Image caption Pupils say having a puppy in the reading corner stimulates them feel more relaxed

Children at a school in Inverness are being encouraged to read books to dogs.

Pupils at Crown Primary have said that they feel relaxed and enjoy volumes more when reading them aloud to retrievers Blue and Morna.

Hannah Earnshaw, a probationary educator, is piloting the scheme at the school.

She suggested bringing in the two puppies after researching the added benefit of the pets in boost the confidence of reluctant readers.

Image caption Dogs do not ask for sentences to be repeated, say the pupils
Image caption The children’s educator has been researching the added benefit of pets in the classroom

The infants have told of feeling happier reading to Blue and Morna because, “unlike grown ups”, they do not ask them to recur sentences and also give them time to think about what they are saying.