READING AT WHITE ROCK SCHOOL
At White Rock Primary School, we are passionate about reading. We love to share our reading with others through book shares, reading buddies, library visits and guided reading sessions. Our school library is a colourful, creative and exciting place to be with a reading tree where we can sit and relax with a book with our friends.
Get lost in our Enchanted Forest Library
Below is a photograph of our amazing library area and reading tree. As you can see, it is bright, vibrant and inviting - no wonder the children love nothing more than to spend their free time in it engrossed in a book by their favourite author!
White Rock Readers
Here at White Rock, we encourage everyone to read - be it through Guided Reading, Accelerated Reader, choosing books for pleasure, Reading Buddies or through asking volunteers to come into school to read with us.
This year, we have the most librarians we have ever had! 22! This is amazing as it means that more children across the school can benefit from the passion and commitment our librarians show and have for Reading. Everyday, the Junior Librarians offer a Reading Club for KS1 children where they read a book to the children and they can share and talk about them. The librarians are also responsible for recommending Accelerated Reader books for the whole school to choose from.
Every half term, we celebrate Accelerated Reader success in every class. In assemblies, the children who have scored the most 100% in their AR quizzes and those children who have read the most words are presented with a certificate and their photograph is then displayed in the library for everyone to see. It is an extremely exciting time to see who the certificates will be awarded to!
National Book Tokens
Do you love Reading? Do you love the smell and feel of new books? Do you get excited at the thought of reading the latest books by authors such as David Walliams and Michael Morpurgo? Well, here's you chance to help school win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for the library! All you need to do is follow the link below and fill in the form - the more people we get to nominate the school, the more chance we have of winning! So spread the word!
Reading For Pleasure
White Rock School is going to be placing huge emphasis upon Reading For Pleasure in the coming future. This is because research has shown this to have positive impact upon children's well being as well as their attainment. The Department for Education has produced a document entitled 'Research evidence on Reading for Pleasure' where it states that the benefits of Reading for Pleasure are:
There is a growing body of evidence which illustrates the importance of reading for pleasure for both educational purposes as well as personal development (cited in Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
• Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011).
• Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002).
• There is a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on reading assessments (Twist et al, 2007).
• Regularly reading stories or novels outside of school is associated with higher scores in reading assessments (PIRLS, 2006; PISA, 2009).
• International evidence supports these findings; US research reports that independent reading is the best predictor of reading achievement (Anderson, Wilson and Fielding, 1988).
• Evidence suggests that reading for pleasure is an activity that has emotional and social consequences (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
• Other benefits to reading for pleasure include: text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
With this in mind, a 'Reading Buddies' scheme has been set up between children in UPYs and children from lower down the school. This happens every afternoon for 15 minutes. In this time, children not only read their books to each other, but they share their favourite books as well.
This scheme is already proving to be really popular with all the children and we are hoping to set more Reading Buddies up in the future.