Year Four pupils gather in the new graffiti area, designed to encourage the love of reading. Pictures: Ian Burt

It is not often youngsters are encouraged to write sentences or draw images on walls.

But Year Four pupils have had the perfect excuse to do just that with new graffiti walls at Gaywood Primary School.

To celebrate reading, staff have painted some class walls black and have invited children to express their thoughts about reading through words or drawings.

Assistant headteacher Trish Young said: “After doing some research I came across the idea of a graffiti wall and we are absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

“The children think it’s cool and now we will be offering it to pupils in years five and six too.”

Pupils can write their favourite quotes which have resonated with them from books they have read and also make recommendations.

Due to popularity the walls, which can be wiped to keep updated, are set to stay for the long term.

Miss Young said: “They can share their opinions and views on books in a fun and engaging way. 

“It has been a great success and the children have also chosen a range of class books which allows them to take ownership of their reading. It’s been lovely to see such a positive response from our children.”