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

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.

New Term, New Competition!

Thought I’d have a focus on non-fiction books but the competition has to be accessible to both infant and junior children.  So I’ve decided on a ‘Where in the World’ competition.

The children collect a world map from the library which has the continents labelled.  They have to find an interesting or unusual fact about each continent.

My display shelves in the library, both fiction and non-fiction, support the competition theme.  Non-fiction books displayed include atlases, travel books, books about countries, animals from different countries etc. Whilst the fiction theme is stories from around the world.

The children have already been to the library asking what the next competition is, hopefully they won’t be disappointed!

Winter Display

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This is my new winter display in the school hall.

Already proving very popular as my graffiti wall is full, usually have to remind the children to fill it in.  Lots of ideas from the children of books to chill out with over the chilly nights ahead!

 

Comic con – Fantastic!

Here are just a few of the tables we had laid out for the children to browse –  Marvel, DC Comics, Phoenix Comics, Star Wars and a Graphic Novel table.

After time browsing the tables the fancy dress was judged by our special guests (from the local Comic Shop). They judged the winners and presented prizes.

The children then had a choice of activities; painting their own face mask, comic hero drawing, comic bookmark and making a comic strip on the laptops.  After the activities the children had light tea and cakes.

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On leaving the children were each given a comic and a party bag with lots of treats!

Such a successful event I will definitely be repeating this one!