World Book Day
This year our theme for World Book Day was ‘Make Your Own Book’ – this encouraged the children to be authors and write for pleasure. As well as this, children could participate in a book swap – books that had been read and were no longer in use could be brought in and swapped for something else meaning no books are left behind!
2022 sees the launch of our brand new Reading Challenge. Just like our 1,000,000 page challenge this is designed to encourage children to read at home and foster a natural love of reading.
The idea is to complete all of the tasks over the year. There are 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The aim is to try and complete a level each term (Bronze in the Autumn, Silver in the Spring and Gold in the Summer). Some of the challenges are easier than others and they can be completed in any order you wish from any level.
Each time a child has completed an activity they are to have it signed by an adult and then bring it to school to be stickered off by Mrs Walker (and a super quick explanation of what they did). There will be a small prize for completing each level.
Bronze – 30 House points.
Silver – a bookmark.
Gold – a book.
Writing – Class have been trying out some new ways to structure their writing this year. We have been using ‘Slow Writes’ and ‘DADWAVERS’ to really think about how we form paragraphs and start sentences in a variety of different ways. This has been really successful so far and has shown great impact on our writing. Eventually we will be able to use the ideas independently to effectively plan and write our own pieces.
Reading – This year we are trying to embed our Reading skills and understanding the different question types. We are using Ninja Vocabulary and Literacy Shed (VIPERS) to help us develop our knowledge and understanding
Mrs Walker’s Reading Challenge
Now we are back after lockdown we think it is important that all adults are listening to every child in the class. Teachers and TA’s (as well as other adult helpers) will be making sure that every one in the class is listened to read each WEEK!
As well as this Miss Dallard has set Mrs Walker a challenge to listen to every child in the school read by the end of the Summer term! This means she needs to listen to 3.5 children read every school day! Apart from forgetting on the first day (oops) she is well underway………… but most importantly she is really enjoying listening to the children read and we are all sure she will complete the 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.
Just look at our AMAZING new reading area! Aren’t we lucky to have such a calm and enriching place to foster our love of learning. The children are absolutely loving our new Hobbit Hole.
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.
FOSA helped us raise some money for our VERY special treat – watch this space- by holding a very successful book swap and cake sale. They managed to raise over £200.
World Book Day – well done to all children for making such a fantastic effort with their World Book Day Costumes. Our theme was We LOVE Words – which involved many different word associated activities across the day as well as lots of reading.
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.
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.