The Reading Listening Project

Each week a team of listeners goes to St Cuthbert’s Primary School to listen to children read. It is so rewarding to see the positive impact on the children’s reading skills.


The Listening Project

For one and a half hours each week we have a team of listeners who go to St Cuthbert’s Primary School on the Keward Estate to listen to children in years 3 - 6 read from their set books.  There are six classes, and each has a dedicated listener.  In ½ hours each of us probably listens to between 6 and 9 children.

The school is very happy that we are having a positive impact on the children’s reading skills; the children really enjoy coming to us on a one-to-one basis and we, the listeners are doing something really worthwhile, very rewarding and often having some fun in the process.

The Background

We started listening and also providing some maths tuition before The Pandemic.  When the school returned to normal after two years of disrupted education, we asked the head what we could do to help “catch up” on the lost years.  Without hesitation she said “help them develop their reading skills”

A team of listeners, Rotarians and non-Rotarians was quickly assembled, and The Listening Project re-started in April 2022.  We have been listening ever since but have also become part of the St Cuthbert’s school community with invitations to their school productions.

As an academy the St Cuthbert’s Infants School is separate to the primary school.  The head here is keen that we provide a listening service to them as well. We need three listeners to cover the three classes and are looking to recruit so if anybody is interested in becoming a listener, please get in touch with us.

The Children’s Book Recycling Scheme

Right from the start of The Listening Project we realised the children needed access to more books. Our solution to this has been to set up a book recycling scheme. With a large population of grandparents in Wells there are many children’s books gathering dust on shelves. The WCN digital paper in Wells advertised for us and the people of Wells have responded by leaving unwanted children’s books at The Works in the High St. In the last two years we have presented the school with approximately 1000 books for the children to take home.


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To find our further detail on meetings and events please contact club President Angela

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RotaKids Success

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Each week a team of listeners goes to St Cuthbert’s Primary School to listen to children read. It is so rewarding to see the positive impact on the children’s reading skills.

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Quiet but Nevertheless busy Months

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President Angela welcomes Ray to the club

Wells Rotary inaugurates RotaKids club

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Volunteers from Wells Rotary in action in Nepal

Working together we are united in the challenge of making a difference to the lives of others

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Helping the blind and partially sighted

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Rotary in Wells is part of the global Rotary International, working with other clubs to eradicate polio, to help with other natural disasters, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves elsewhere in the world

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In 2000 Rotarians from Wells trekked out to a remote area in North Nepal to build a health clinic. They came up with the idea of holding an annual Boules Tournament to support the clinic and the rest is history.

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Fireworks at the Festival

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In commemoration of the Queens Platinum Jubilee the West and East Mendip Ways were re-launched as a single 50-mile walk branded as "The Mendip Way".

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President Angela welcomes Ray Adlam to Wells Rotary in April

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