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Reading for Pleasure - Reading Champions

Reading at St Thomas

At St Thomas’ we believe that language and the enjoyment of reading is fundamental to the overall development of children and their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. It is a basic skill that the children need starting from FS2 to year 6 and throughout the rest of their life. Not only do we promote the ability to read but also reading for pleasure to open up a child’s imagination. There are many ways that we promote reading including volunteers that come in to listen to children read, reading buddies through school, Rotherham titans that come in to do one to one reading and librarians that visit the school to do one to one reading. As well as specific events throughout the year such as book week, we also promote reading through school trips to Swinton library. The children have access to their own book corner in class as well as the school library that they visit once a week to choose a bedtime book. Each class teacher has their favourite five books each half term that are displayed on the classroom door. These books are end of the day story books that are read to the class. By displaying the books for all to see, it promotes discussion and encourages others to read those books. We celebrate children’s home reading through the bronze, silver and gold badge awards that the children wear with pride.

 

 

FS2

FS2 promote reading for pleasure through their text led adult learning, continuous provision activities & quality adult interaction.They have an imaginative book corner that the children can visit, phonics based provision & outdoor areas to promote speech & language, drama & role play linked to texts. The children in FS2 take home decodable books as well as a reading for pleasure book they can share with a grown up. In FS2 children are introduced to reading skills through phonics sessions, following the read, write, inc programme. Children's independent reading is listened to regularly on a 1-2-1 basis as well as reading group books, when ready as part of more formal phonics teaching. 

 

    Mrs Webster's recommended reads         FS2's Reading Area

  

One of our volunteer's listening to one of our FS2 Children Read

 

      Children in FS2 enjoyed a book together              FS2 children enjoying a book in our new outdoor reading area

                                              

 

Year 1

Continuing to promote the value of reading, in year 1 they also take home decodable reading books and a reading for pleasure book. They promote reading through their reading corner and story phones. The classroom promotes their topic through novel study and book talk. It is a rich environment displaying both phonics posters and opportunities for reading for pleasure. 

 

Rotherham Titan Players listening to our Year 1 pupils read        Miss Barton's recommended reads

                                                

 

    One of our volunteers listening to a Year 1 pupil read

            

Year 2

All Year 2 children access age appropriate books through novel study and cracking comprehension. The children are encouraged to read a book band book to take home but also choose a school library book home that is above their reading level that they can share with an adult at home. Throughout the school day and week the children have plenty of opportunities for quiet independent reading and one to one reading with an adult.

 

       Miss Reed's recommended reads        

        

 

Year 3

Year 3 children enjoy reading through novel study, cracking comprehension and a favourite five story at the end of the day. Mr Turner loves to talk about his recommended reads. The children have plenty of opportunity for reading through volunteers, Rotherham titans and Swinton librarians coming into the class to listen to the children read.

              Rotherham Titans listening to our Year 3 pupils read

 

     Mr Turner's recommended reads            Class 3's reading area

 

 

Year 4

Year 4 children enjoy reading through novel study, cracking comprehension and a favourite five story at the end of the day. The children have plenty of opportunity for reading through volunteers, Rotherham titans and Swinton librarians coming into the class to listen to the children read. Mr Walton’s bookflix display engages the children in thinking about which books they would like to read.

 

                     Swinton Library Staff listening to our year 4 pupils read

               

            Class 4's BookFlix Display             One of our Volunteers listening to one of year 2 children read 

                 

 

Mr Walton's recommended reads

 

Year 5

Year 5 children enjoy reading through novel study, cracking comprehension and a favourite five story at the end of the day. The children have plenty of opportunity for reading through volunteers, Rotherham titans and Swinton librarians coming into the class to listen to the children read.

             Swinton Library Staff listening to our class 5 pupils read

 

 

             Class 5's Reading Area                Mrs Sanderson's recommended reads

   

 

Year 6

Year 6 children enjoy reading through novel study, cracking comprehension and a favourite five story at the end of the day. In year 6 they have a wide range of texts fiction/non-fiction that they can choose from to take home and read. Throughout the day they are encouraged to use the books for research purposes to learn more about their topic.

 

              Year 6's Library                              Mrs Andrassy's recommended reads

 

 

Book Week - W.C: 2 March 2020

 

Below is a timetable and some photos of the various activities the children took part in during book week.

  

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

World Book Day

Friday

8.30am-9.00am

Scholastic Book Fair – School Hall

Scholastic Book Fair - School Hall

Scholastic Book Fair – School  Hall

Scholastic Book Fair – School Hall

Scholastic Book Fair – School Hall

AM

‘DEAR’ Day

(Drop Everything And Read Day)

 

 

 

Big Taster- school library launch.

 

Fancy dress day. Dress up as your favourite book character.

Competition winner for best dressed per class. Competition winners announced for potato and extreme read competitions.

 

Bed time reading launch.

PM

Invite parents in from 2.30pm to read with their child.

FS2 and KS1 bedtime stories. (Children bring pyjamas, teddy and favourite bedtime story.).

KS2- teacher swap for story time.

3.00pm-3.30pm

Scholastic Book Fair – School Hall

Scholastic Book Fair - School Hall

Scholastic Book Fair – School  Hall

Scholastic Book Fair – School Hall

Scholastic Book Fair – School Hall

 

Photos from World Book Week

 

Children taking part in the 'Drop Everything and Read' challenge and 'Big Taster School Library Launch'

 

Class 1 taking part in 'Drop Everything and Read' 

  

  

 

KS1 children enjoying bedtime stories dressed in their PJ's

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

KS2 children's reading Challenge 'Read in an unusual place'

 

   

 

 

Pictures of KS1 children's 'Decorate a Potato as a Book Character'  

 

  

 

 

Lego After School Club built some Lego models of their favourite characters.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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