Raid your Reading!

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As a school we have been applying the Talk for Writing scheme during Literacy lessons.  It is working really well in all the classes and it’s great to see the children telling stories using the actions they have learned.

I love the fact the children have the opportunity to learn so many stories throughout the school year.  Plus the encouragement for the children to Raid their Reading is fabulous, perfect excuse for another display.  Also left some room for children’s work!

Another super way to promote reading throughout the school.

New book awards, LOL!

Very busy lately – presenting a reading for pleasure course, World Book Day celebrations, chatterbooks group coming to an end, etc, etc.

Anyway looking forward to this new book award, The Lollies!  It replaces the Roald Dahl funny book prize which ended in 2013.  There are 12 books to vote for 4 picture books, 4 in the 6-8 year old category and 4 in the 9-13 year old category.  Scholastic are offering lesson plans and activities to compliment each book and can be found here; http://shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies  Book packs can also be purchased here. Voting closes on 10th June so get reading!

Picture Book shortlist

6-8 years shortlist

9-13 years shortlist

One for the girls!

61Lwrh8cXYL__SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Another addition to our school library.

The rise of the graphic novel is most welcome in our library.  Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid etc have all played their part in getting children reading and interested in books.  So I was glad to see a new graphic novel aimed at girls.  We have the Dork Diaries series in the library, which is also very popular, but Electrigirl offers a great combination of comic style pages and text; there’s already another one on the way!

A good read which I’m sure the girls will love; maybe a few boys too!!

Read for Pleasure

Busy week, delivering my first course.

Read for Pleasure the How as well as the why – that was the tag line.  Helen, a literacy consultant, brought together the latest research studies into reading for pleasure.  Giving an overview of how important it is and showing indications as to why this will be the next important area in curriculum focus.

My role was to firstly give an overview of our school library, at Sacred Heart, and how it has grown year and year; being central to the role of promoting reading for pleasure.  After lunch I covered the activities which have been central to the success.  This included the competitions, the book groups, library lunches, displays and generally the whole culture of book promotion throughout the school.

Although some people in the audience didn’t have the luxury of a dedicated school library space, they could see how the ideas could be adapted to suit their class.

Hopefully, the promotion of reading for pleasure will be a major consideration for the candidates who attended the course.

Love your Library

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Have started to prepare the library for Love your Library fortnight.

The tree has knitted hearts hanging from it which are embellished with phrases; ‘love books’ ‘love your library’ ‘love reading’.  These hearts along with some heart shaped lights make a striking display in amongst the book shelves.  Many of the books I have chosen to put on display are about books or libraries.

During the fortnight there are lots of activities and competitions for the children to be involved in; with lots of book prizes to be won! Great way to keep the library and books at the forefront of school life.

Treehouse Crazy!!

The 13 Storey Tree House was a welcome addition to our library last year.  It has received a new lease of life due to being one of the ten books on the Cumbria Book Awards, Spellbinding list.

I recently purchased the next two books in the series which have also proved very popular.  The children are chasing each other to the library in order to be the next borrowers; boys and girls alike. Even the children themselves have noticed the series as a new craze!

Both new books continue the adventures in the most exciting tree house you are ever likely to come across.  An extremely imaginative, well illustrated book which will attract fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.  With a new release due at the beginning of April – the 52 Storey Tree House; the children are already starting a reservation list!

 

Introducing Sci-fi

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UFO Lands in the playground!

This incident provided the ‘hook’ into our writing for the next few weeks. The children were amazed to find an unidentified flying object in the playground when they arrived at school.

The object was a piece of volcanic rock surrounded by BBQ coals mixed with green jelly slush.  There was a buzz around the school for the whole day!  Children didn’t know quite whether to believe it or not.  So pleased with the enthusiasm from the year 6 children and the writing they produced when they completed a police incident report was fantastic.

We will now be introducing various science fiction text over the next few weeks; hopefully they’ll forgive me for the staged UFO landing!