This year the teachers have been making a ‘Reading Spine’ for our school. They have carefully selected books that they think all children should read throughout their journey at St Andrew’s. This spine offers children exposure to a range of genres and authors…….and some really super fantastic books!
2020 saw the implementation of the 1,000,000 page reading challenge, here at St Andrew’s. We love reading and thought what better way to encourage and celebrate just how much we read by setting this challenge. Our weekly total should average around 19,000 if we want to complete the 1,000,000 pages by the end of 2020. As you can see we are well on our way……
Week 1 – 15,541
Week 2 – 24,321
Week 3 – 29,812
Week 4 – 31,230
We LOVE reading at St Andrew’s. We have kicked off the Summer term with some very exciting Reading activities. We had some AMAZING entries to our Decorate an Egg as a Book Character Competition. Look at some of these FANTASTIC entries – as you can see a LOT of effort was put into these.
On the first Wednesday back we had a We LOVED Reading day so celebrate all the exciting things we love about books. All classes joined in the ‘Drop Everything and Read’ challenge – when they heard the bell they had to stop what they were doing and read for 10 minutes. We did this FOUR times throughout the day – wow! We also ‘Read by Torchlight’ – classrooms were darkened and and the children – with their torches- shared books together- what an interesting and different way to read our books.
The Book Fair came to school this week and we have managed to spend over £500 on books meaning we get over £100 to spend on books for our school- thank you all SO Much for your support with this. Clifford the Big Red Dog even came to visit 🙂
We now have a fantastic outside area for reading at lunchtimes. The story stop is a place children can go to read on their own or share books with someone. It is proving very popular.
We are lucky enough to have a Book Club this year. They have been working hard by reading lots, sharing stories and even writing book reviews to share. As a club, we are currently reading ‘Cakes in Space’ by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Look below to see what some of our favourite books are.
|My favourite book is ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’. The crayons belong to Duncan – a young boy who finds loads of letters from his crayons saying they wanted to quit. He does not want them to go so he draws a picture with all the crayons. He takes his picture to school and gets a gold star for creativity. My favourite crayon is peach crayon because he is very funny. I also like blue crayon because he is short and stubby.|
|My favourite book is Neymar JR football stars and my favourite character is Neymar JR because I think he is one of the best football players in the world. I liked reading about his childhood because he had loads of adventures.|
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 to; launch our Reader Leader scheme, work with every class to deliver workshops and launched our Easter ‘Eggstreme Reading Challenge’.
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 important you model good reading habits to them by reading yourself and reading to your children too.
Do you want your child to be good at reading?
Reading widely and for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of future success for children. Reading regularly from a wide range of quality literature has been proven in numerous studies to be the best thing your child could do to improve their overall academic performance and to encourage a life long love of learning.
Do you want your child to be good at reading? Reading widely and for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of future success for children. Reading regularly from a wide range of quality literature has been proven in numerous studies to be the best thing your child could do to improve their overall academic performance and to encourage a life long love of learning. The chart below shows the impact reading at home for just 20 minutes every night can have. It is staggering the difference just 20 minutes per day can make.
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.Last year, in the Summer Term we had a SUPER EXCITING whole school writing week! This involved an engaging whole school launch day and each classfocussed on getting a range of writing throughout the week. It was 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.
As well as writing -we had a circus skills workshop and we even rehearsed and performed a WHOLE SCHOOL flash mob to the parents to the song ‘The Greatest Show’ from the film ‘The Greatest Showman’. We absolutely loved Circus Week.