Reading for Pleasure remains a whole school priority. Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002). We believe that a whole school Reading for Pleasure culture must be ‘lived’ by all members of staff as well as being embedded into the school structures and routines. It is everyone’s responsibility to promote and maintain enjoyment of reading.
Whole school story time takes place for the first 15minutes of the day in Key stage 2 and after lunch in Key Stage 1. During this time the teacher is reading to the children. When reading aloud, we do not stop unnecessarily to ask clarification/comprehension questions. Instead, we allow the story to weave its own magic, only pausing occasionally where necessary to define any important vocabulary.
Home/school reading books are changed at least once a week if not more and parents are encouraged to record any comments or WOW moments in their child’s reading journal
Children use the school library which is well resourced and accessible to all. Children are encouraged to take a book home to share with their parents/carers and family on a regular basis.
We also sign post our pupils and families to the local library and encourage our pupils to take part in the National Reading challenges.
Parent Reading in EYFS
If you come into Bee, Butterfly or Ladybird classes on a Friday morning, you will see lots of reading and sharing of books. Between 8:45 and 9:05, our parents join us to share books with their children. Everyone is welcome and often see grandparents, childminders, uncles and aunties, Ms Otieno and other members of staff enthusiastically coming to join in too.
Dragonfly class has their parent Reading session between 12:15 and 12:35 on Friday’s too. We look forward to seeing you there. We know how important it is for the children to see the special grown ups in their lives being a good model of reading.
Reading in our corridors
We don’t just teach reading at Keir Hardie, we celebrate and immerse ourselves in reading! If you walk through our corridors you can read the favourite poems chosen by adults in our school. How many of the poems have you read? Do you have a favourite corridor poem? Tell your family and friends about the poetry you have read and favour.
Here are some of our favourite poems! Have you spotted them across the school?
Books on our displays
Check out the books on our displays to find out more about the people and topics the displays praise. All of the books are available for you to literally ‘check out’ from our school library.