White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary 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.


Read the Beano for free!

If ever there was a comic made for tempting our children to read for pleasure, it is the Beano.  

The publishers have wisely decided that we all need a laugh right now and have put "The Golden Beano" online for everyone to access for free.  There is a new one each month.  Click on the link below.


Oak Academy have started a virtual library.  They have a free book to read every week along with some links to reading activities and author information.

This week you can read "Steal an Elephant" by Nizrana Farook and you can watch and listen to Jacqueline Wilson talking about her character Tracey Beaker.


You can borrow e books for free from our Torbay libraries!


Please come into school dressed as your favourite book character or as yourself, because we are all authors, on Thursday 5th March and bring your favourite book to share with a friend. There will be exciting activities throughout the day such as a book character trail, quiz and shared reading sessions.



Dive into imaginary worlds or learn amazing facts by buying a book at the Scholastic Book Fair and help the school raise money at the same time. The school receives a percentage of the sales to buy books for our own library for children to enjoy.




Today we had Melissa from Churston Library come and visit us. Just before the Summer Holidays Melissa set the children a 'SPACE CHASE' reading challenge! Today she came in to award the children that took part with their certificates. Look at how many completed it! Wow! 

Key Stage 1:

Key Stage 1:


Melissa from Churston Library also had some extra special winners to announce...


Max, Charlie and Benji all got an extra special certificate for reading over 100 books this Summer! 



Look at all these new books! We were able to purchase brand new Scholastic books with the commission that we received from the Scholastic Book Fayre. A big thank you to parents for buying books at the book fayre, with out you we wouldn't of been able to purchase this wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for the children to enjoy. See a picture below of our Librarians with the new books

Our librarians have been so busy this week reading stories to our Year 1 children! The children have been joining in with rhyming words and have been doing the actions - they have absolutely loved it! Well done librarians - keep reading!

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!

Our Library

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.

Junior librarians

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. 

Accelerated Reader

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.

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