Springbank Year Group Reading Challenge
This half-term we are starting a new reading challenge in Year Groups 2-6. We have been very fortunate to have been able to spend A LOT of money on new texts for classrooms (thanks Miss Percival!!!) and these books are now being made available to the children.
The books have been specifically chosen because they are age-appropriate and outside of some of the more common reading circles that the children may select from. There is a mixture of modern and classic fiction, non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels and many more. The books follow theme strands which run across and between year groups so children are getting good progression year upon year.
Our expectation is that all children will enjoy one of the class texts per half-term. That will mean that all children are expected to read six of the selected texts each year. When they have finished the book, the children will produce a book report using a template available from school. This will form part of the half-termly expectations for home-learning.
Children are obviously welcome to read these books independently but they are also more than welcome to enjoy them by reading alongside an adult or having the story read to them. Research shows that children up to the age of 13 still benefit hugely from being read to by an adult.
Of course, some of our little bookworms are already talking about reading every book in the class library! That is exactly the kind of attitude we expect from our amazing learners. There are 12 books in total in most year groups and we are going to add the incentive of badges for those children who read more than six in a school year.
Finally, we ask please that the children take good care of these new books. As mentioned earlier they have cost a significant amount and we want to use them for future year groups to come. In the event that a book was to be damaged then we would ask that, where possible, a replacement copy was sourced.
Kind regards, and happy reading. Mr C
Big Leeds Book Swap
There were yet more World Book Day celebrations today as we took part in the Big Leeds Book Swap. Children were asked to bring in a book from home which was previously loved. The books were then collected in and today all those children were able to go and choose themselves something new to read from all the donations. This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to take home something new but it also helped us to do our part for the planet by recycling and reusing. As you will see from the photos, there were hundreds of books donated and swapped. In fact, so successful was the book swap that we have decided to make it a regular occurrence at Springbank! So look out for our next book swaps which will take place on the first Friday of each month, starting Friday, 3rd April 2020.
Steve Webb visits Springbank
This week saw celebrations for World Book Day in full flow as author Steve Webb came in to talk to children from both KS1 and KS2 about his life and inspirations as an author and illustrator. Steve, author of the Spangles McNasty series (which is also illustrated by friend of the school Chris Mould) certainly left his mark with lots of the children keen to get cracking with some creative writing of their own after the talk. The entertaining presentation involved lots of fun (and some wobbly singing!) as well as a whole host of advice about how to approach the daunting task of writing a story. We had a great time and some children were even lucky enough to get a book signed by Steve afterwards. We continue our World Book (Week) fun with dressing up day on Thursday when there will be lots of reading and activities and then on Friday we are taking part in the Big Leeds Book Swap, which should be a great opportunity for the children to get their teeth into some new reading.
Share a Story
We are beginning a new initiative at Springbank where children are being asked to read a story to someone close to them and either film themselves or have a photo taken.
This could mean: reading to your rabbit, telling tales to a teddy, giving your gran goosebumps, entertaining an aunt, spooking your siblings and many, many more!
If you visit the 'children' section of the school website you will find a section called 'Video Resource Centre'.
Here we have been posting videos of members of staff reading to a friend. Now we would like to start adding videos of children reading to friends of their own. In the end, we hope to compile a selection of stories which children could then use at home to listen to, or simply to inspire them to check out a new book. We will also be collecting pictures of children reading to friends to create a display in school.
We will only be adding one video to the website every few weeks. In order for a child to have the best chance of getting their video selected they will need to practise and think about the intonation in their voice to make sure they are being an entertaining and engaging reader. Children are not expected to read a whole book (unless it is a short story) and they may feel more confident just reading a few pages or a chapter of their favourite story out loud to a friend/parent/pet/teddy or any other wonderful ideas you can come up with!
Once you have your video or photos, please send by email to Mr Chapman (with the name of your child and their class as the email subject) to email@example.com.
So, it is time to discover: does your dog like David Walliams? Is your snake obsessed with Dr Seuss? Maybe Aunty Mabel is mad for Michael Murpurgo. Or possibly, Big Ted could be Enid Blyton's biggest fan!
Blyton V's Beast Quest
Congratulations to Evan in Year 3 who was this term's winner of the library competition: Blyton V's Beast Quest. The children in KS2 were challenged in November to read a book by Enid Blyton, the author of series such as The Famous Five and The Secret Seven, or something from the Beast Quest series by Adam Blade. We kept updating the children on a weekly basis as to how many books by each author had been taken out of the library and it has been a very hotly contested competition! There was also the added bonus that one child who read a book from either series would be drawn out of a hat to claim a prize! Evan was eventually selected at random and he will be choosing a brand new book to add to the library. In the actual competition of Blyton V's Beast Quest the final results were as follows: 59 children read a book by Enid Blyton during the month but the eventual winner was Beast Quest, with 74 children having read one of the books. We will be holding further library competitions during the rest of the year so keep your eyes peeled for further information.