In Mab Lane we LOVE reading! We have a fantastic library, full of fun and exciting books, and cosy spaces to read. We have wonderful reading areas in every classroom – reading caves, comfy couches, and even a bed where we can snuggle up for bedtime stories! Every few weeks we have an exciting reading event to celebrate, and all year round we have some fantastic groups and activities, all about READING!
In Key Stage Two, we love our Reading Buddies! Children from Years 3 and 5, and 4 and 6, have been paired up for some one-to-one reading time every week. We read with the same partner every week, and our teachers have seen lots of improvement, both in those reading and those being read to as well! As well as enjoying stories together, we also talk about what’s happened in each part, and ask questions to check everyone understands. Next term, we want to do Reading Buddies in Key Stage One too!
Every Thursday, we have Reading Café after school in the library! We share books together, talk about what we’ve been reading, and curl up on the couches with hot chocolate to listen to some stories. In addition, we can go on Bug Club or Reading Plus on the iPads. Children from Year 2 all the way up to Year 6 come to Reading Café every week, and parents are invited too!
Who’s the best reader in Mab Lane?? We have some very exciting competitions going on at the moment, all about reading. Firstly, there is our Catch me Reading spider web! If you bring in a photo of yourself reading in an unusual place, you may get caught in our web in the library. We’ve had some weird and wonderful entries already – Michael on a Lambanana, Julia on a trampoline, Eve-Lily on a rollercoaster, Abbie upside-down….
Also, we are currently running the 100 Book Challenge. Teachers across the country voted for the top 100 books that all children should read before they leave primary school, and we are challenging our children, staff and parents to read as many of them as they can! You can find the checklists in the foyer; see how many you’ve read!
On Valentine’s Day, we offered children across the school a Blind Date with a Book. A variety of books were wrapped in plain paper, and children could choose one at random to read. Once they had read it and completed a book review to check their understanding, they could then come to Miss Rimmer and get a special Valentine’s treat.
Already this year we have had some very exciting reading events going on, and we have lots more planned too! In September we celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday with a whole-school Roald Dahl Day. Every class chose a different Roald Dahl story, and did lots of activities to fit in with it. We had George’s Marvellous Medicine maths in Year 2, BFG role play in Year 3, and Year 6 became master inventors, writing letters about their chocolate creations to Willy Wonka, along with much, much more.
Later in Autumn Term, Years 4, 5 and 6 were lucky enough to be invited to the Valerie Bloom Book Show in the Liverpool Philharmonic. We spent the weeks leading up to our trip learning some of Valerie’s hilarious poems, and drove all our teachers crazy for weeks singing ‘Pinda, Pinda Cake…’. We even learned some Jamaican patois at the show… can’t wait for the next one!
In Spring Term, our school celebrated World Book Day with a Bedtime Stories day – we all came to school in our favourite pyjamas and slippers, and we had lots of fun reading activities to do. We entered some exciting competitions, had lovely stories read to us and even made reading dens under the tables! We finished the day with a Bedtime Stories assembly… some of us were ready to fall asleep in the hall!
Useful Links for Children and Parents
Reading Plus: https://www.readingplus.com
BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/
Stockbridge Village Library: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/libraries/find-your-local-library.aspx
Do you have any ideas about how we can make reading even better? Come and see Miss Rimmer if you do – I’d love to hear all your suggestions!