READING AT WHITE ROCK SCHOOL
At White Rock we love to spend time reading! We used the Accelerated Reading programme for the all KS2 children and some children in KS1. Younger children are been busy sharing their reading with some of our older children and we often have volunteering adults coming to hear other children read.
WORLD BOOK DAY - THURSDAY 3RD MARCH 2016
Our children took part in lots of exciting activities today to celebrate World Book Day - including book trails, book sharing and we even had a book cafe at the end of the day! Both the adults and children dressed up as their favourite book character - we had lots of Harry Potters, many witches and a few Wallies! Local author, Claire Helen Welsh, came to school to talk about her book and offer us fantastic writing tips we could use when writing our own stories!
Thankyou to everyone who made this years World Book day celebrations a huge success! We look forward to continuing our passion for reading over the next year and read as many books as we possibly can!
Book cafe and Book fair
In Yr6, we have a dedicated and amazing team of pupils who organise a half termly book swap cafe. They are responsible for the whole organisation of the event, from the letter to parents right down to the setting out of the books (they even organise for tea and cake to be available!) Our book cafes are extremely popular with children from across the whole school who can then go home and enjoy reading their new, recycled books!
This group of children have also helped to run the book fair this year! What a great team of children you are!
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.
NEW BOOKS FOR KS1
We have just bought some new Turquoise and Gold reading books to challenge our children in Key Stage One. They are phonically decodable books and some Non-Fiction texts too. The children are really enjoying them so far. Please let class teachers know your thoughts on the texts children bring home. We always welcome your feedback to enable we provide the very best reading material for our children.
Look at our new books for the school library. We have listened to parents and children's views and have invested over £700 recently on more texts for the lower range on Accelerated Reader. Lots of these new titles have expressed great interest with our boys!
Friday 15th May 2015. Library Presentation
Year 5 and 6 had a wonderful trip to Paignton Library. They learnt about this valuable local resource and participated in some creative activities relating to their theme - 'China'. During these activities they did a creative writing competition related to a traditional Chinese folk tale. All of the children fully immersed themselves in this competition. Today we presented the winning entries with books that Paignton Library had kindly given as prizes for the writing competition. Congratulations to those winning entries!
Thursday 30th April 2015: School Book Cafe
We had an amazing response (from our pupil-led reading team's request) to donate pre-loved books to our reading café. With over 850 books donated we filled the hall with a wonderful selection of books for all ages. WRAPS provided delicious refreshments and our students and parents could sit and have a scrumptious cup cake whilst reading and selecting their new books.
The pupil-led reading team did an outstanding job at printing vouchers for the children, advertising the event and encouraging children to donate (through class visits and assembly announcements). They created a wonderful ambience in the hall during the café with lovely background music and enticing table displays.
WORLD BOOK WEEK
One of the activities that happened during World Book week was a trip to the Torbay Bookshop. We wanted the children have chance to spend their world book token and have made a valuable link with our local bookshop - The Torbay Bookshop. Throughout the week every child had a trip on the school mini bus to spend their token and was able to purchase a book of their choice.
Some quotes from the children about their experience:
Foundation children - Dexter "That was the best day ever!"
Reading cafe Team visit Torbay Bookshop
Our Year 5 'Reading Team' visited Torbay Bookshop to choose a book of their choice for the school library as a thank you for all their hard work when organising the Book Cafe swap last term.
Some of the titles the children chose were:
David Wailliams - Ratburger
Frank Lampard - Frankie's Magic Football
OUR READING CAFE
During the Autumn term our Pupil Leadership 'Reading Team' organised a Reading Cafe. Where children could bring in 'pre-loved' books to exchange.
Parents said it was a great way to recycle books and encouraged a love of reading. Lots of parents asked if the event was going to happen again. So watch this space ......