Holy Family have been buzzing about books all week!
We began in earnest on Monday with our ‘Library Lunchtimes’. These proved to be a great success, with lots of children coming along to read and share books with each other, as well as to work on a selection of book activities. Indeed, we were so pleased with the enthusiasm of the children that we plan to open the library during lunchtimes on a more regular basis.
The ‘Big Read’ took place on Tuesday when our Key Stage 2 children read with their Buddies. Many of the children brought in their favourite books to share with each other, and lots of interesting and animated discussions took place within the classrooms about favourite authors, plots and characters.
A new idea for this year’s Book Week was to invite each class to perform a poem or a story to the rest of the school. As usual, the children rose to the occasion with true professionalism, thoroughly enjoying the chance to perform their pieces, and managing to keep their audience completely captivated throughout. Well done everyone!
Finally, we were really impressed with the effort made by everyone to dress up as a book character today. There were so many fantastic costumes it made choosing winners extremely difficult and in my opinion everyone was a winner! Thank you parents for helping to support this super day and a big well done to the teachers and support staff for being such good sports too!
A huge well done to all those children who entered into the first ever
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
‘Book in a Jar’ competition.
Your efforts at home brightened up our days in school, your imagination inspired many children, your artistic endeavours were much admired by all our visitors, and you reminded us all of how fantastic a good book can be.
Holy Family Catholic Primary School uses AR (Accelerated Reader) . Pupils take a STAR reading test at the beginning of each term and are given an AR level of books to read and quiz independently.
Accelerated Reader is a computer based system that tracks pupils’ reading comprehension and progress, initially through a Star Reading Test and then through regular book quizzes completed in school. www.renlearn.co.uk
Accelerated Reader combines the elements of personalised and assessment reading to promote reading for pleasure and to motivate pupils to use reading for learning. Studies have shown that the AR Reading Scheme motivates pupils of all ages and abilities to read more and consequently raise literacy standards.
Pupils are achieving their individual targets and completing their quizzes with impressive levels, demonstrating their understanding of the texts.
Once a pupil has read a book they will complete an online reading quiz at school to assess their understanding of the book. Each pupil’s reading progress can then be continually accessed via the AR Scheme. Teachers and Classroom Assistants will continue to listen to children read regularly and this will not change.
As always parents remain encouraged to hear their child/children read at home and to share the content of the book by discussing what has been read.
In KS2 Holy Family promotes the reading of good quality books, titles of which have been selected in collaboration with Just Imagine Story Centre. Children read in small groups of three a variety of titles. They discuss their books looking at the characters, the plot, their predictions or reasons why they think the storyline has progressed at it has. By the end of each year group the class will have read a number of titles, meeting weekly with an adult to share their reading.
Class Sets of Books
From year 2 upwards children also read together as a class with their teacher. This allows more difficult texts to be shared, reading modelled and in depth discussion to be conducted together. A book is often connected with literacy work.