We LOVE reading at St Andrew’s. Throughout the year, we have lots of actvities that inspire and motivate our love of reading. We are lucky enough to have a parent, who is a published author- Julia Edwards. She is our Patron of Reading and has been in several times this year to;
–Launch our Reader Leader scheme- which encourgaes children to read for pleasure at home. We have 4 categories of readers within our Reader Leader board:
Brilliant Book borrowers Star Readers
Super Star Readers Bubbling Bookworms
There were originally 3 categories but the children were so eager and keen to read and share books we decided to add a 4th category.
–Work with every class to deliver different writing workshops
–Launched our Easter “Eggstreme Reading Challenge” The children were set the challenge over the Easter Break- to take a photo of themselves reading in an unusual or mysterious place. Take a look at our ‘Eggstreme Reading Challenge’ display board in the Main Hall to see the full range we had. As you can see below, we had some fantastic ideas- from the London Eye, to a giant chair and even a photo at Twickenham Rugby Stadium.
Reading at home- It is expected that EVERY child reads at home EVERY DAY. This is recorded in the children’s reading records so teachers can track this is happening. When your child reads, please ask them questions to ensure they are understanding what they are reading and not just the recall of words. It is important that children foster a love of reading and not see it as a chore. As well as listening to your children read it is importnt you model good reading habits to them by reading yourself and reading to your children too.
Writing- At St Andrew’s we like to make our curriculum interesting and engaging. We make sure we do lots of Cross-Curricular writing so we can really embed our Literacy skills within a range of other subjects; like Science and History. We celebrate this by updating our ‘Wow-writing’ board every half term so we can show everyone else the fantastic writing we have been doing.
For the Summer Term we are planning a SUPER EXCITING whole school writing week! This will involve an engaging whole school launch day and each class will focus on getting a range of writing throughout the week. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to see a how much writing they can get from one theme but also how writing develops throughout the year groups.
Watch this space for our reveal day and some examples of the amazing writing we’ll produce!