Launched in November 2011 the Ant Club has been developed by the Booktrust to provide resources to support the development of children’s language, reading and writing during the early years and infant phases of education in schools. There are currently 1,192 schools taking part. This report presents the findings from the evaluation of The Ant Club intervention that took place from 2012 to 2013.
The approach to improving these skills is based on a series of resources being sent to schools on a termly
basis, as follows:
- Booktime, a universal programme for reception children, in which they receive two books to keep (this is evaluated separate to this evaluation);
- The Rhyme Challenge, which involves children learning a number of rhymes (there is a version for reception and one for Year 1);
- Stories for Drama, which involves teachers exploring a story with their class using drama activities (there is a version for reception and one for Year 1);
- Create Your Own Book, in which each child receives a high quality book to populate with their own content (this resource is for Year 1 only).