A performance poetry competition is held once a term. There are 3 categories:
Each term the pupils in each class work together to learn a new poem to perform to the rest of the phase and our judges. The judging panel is made up of the Headteacher and members of the Governing Body who judge each performance, taking into account: entertainment, clarity of voices, togetherness, choreography, props and resources. Each term the winning class receive the Performance Poetry Cup.
We visit our fantastic library regularly to choose books that we enjoy. There are a range of fantastic fiction and non-fiction books to choose from. Every class is allocated a time to visit the library each week to read or choose their own free choice books.
We have Year 6 Librarians to help in the library they run a ‘Reading Buddies’ lunchtime club every Monday lunchtime. The older children read with younger children and help them to apply all of the strategies they are learning to read unknown words by segmenting and blending.
The older children teach the younger children to talk about the text and the illustrations and ask questions to see if the younger children understand what they are reading. This helps to develop everyone’s reading confidence! At the end of a session one of the Year 6 librarians will finish with a story to the younger children.
Reading for Pleasure
We have reading corners in every classroom. We can choose books to read and we change the books regularly to take home. We also have a book swap box so that we can bring books from home to swap with our friends.
We strive to make reading fun and enjoyable for everyone through reading competitions and challenges. Please click on the picture above to view the range of reading challenges and competitions we have been taking part in.
Teachers as Readers
Each day there is a dedicated time for teachers to read to the pupils. We believe it is essential for teachers to act as role models and to inspire pupils to read and promote a love of reading. In the younger years this may involve sharing a picture book with the children, whilst in the older years a class novel may be shared over several weeks. Teachers select the highest quality texts, taking inspiration from Pie Corbett’s Story Spines and Page Turner recommendations as well as their own knowledge of the best children’s authors.
We enjoy using our reading skills in every lesson and our teachers provide opportunities for us to do so in all subjects. In every classroom there is a book corner filled with books to support our curriculum for us to enjoy.
100 Recommended Reads
We published a list of 100 books for each phase which we believe each child should read. This will encourage pupils to read a wide breadth of genre types and genres which is essential for developing their reading skills including comprehension, inference, deduction, summarising and predictions.
100 Book List Challenge For EYFS
100 Book List Challenge For KS1
100 Book List Challenge For Y3 / 4
100 Book List Challenge For Y5 / 6