Children love to read to Buddy, our school dog
Children in KS2 sharing books with younger children
Author Ellie Jackson visited school
Class 1 - Superworm trail at Cardinham Woods
Our library is at the heart of the school
Over the last few years we have been working extremly hard on promoting our love of reading throughout the school and at home, lots of work has gone into our school library, making it a welcoming and exciting space to explore a range of texts.
We encourage all children and parents to make use of their reading record books as as positive way of communicating between home and school. We love to see what texts are being read at home and praise children for all their hard work.
We welcome 'readers' 'into school, this is a fantastic opportunity to allow children to read to as many people as possible, giving children the opportunity to read books aloud stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.
We are excited that we are able to use Accelerated Reader (AR) as a tool to assist children in finding a book they they enjoy, is suitable for them, that they have chosen independently and that helps to spread the love of reading throughout South Petherwin. See the above documents to explore AR in more depth.
At South Petherwin we aim for all of our children to become fluent, confident and passionate readers committed to becoming lifelong learners. Research suggests that to give our children the very best start in life we must instil a love of reading for pleasure. As an incentive, we recognice the importance of our reading rewards system so that children get rewarded for their reading achievements as often as possible. Reading success and acheivements are celebrated during our weekly celebration assemblies.
Did you know?
The importance of parental engagement to vocabulary acquisition
Researchers looking at the impact of parents reading with their children evaluated how many words children would have heard by the time they were 5 years old:
Never read to: 4,662 words;
1–2 times per week: 63,570 words;
3–5 times per week: 169,520 words;
Daily: 296,660 words;
Five books a day: 1,483,300 words
The reading framework - teaching the foundations of literacy, July 2021
*Top Tips for Reading Success *
Daily reading can make a massive difference to your child's progress.
Here are some easy ways you can make reading a part of every day:
1. Don’t worry about how long you read for. Every minute spent reading makes a bigger difference than you realise!
2. Don’t worry about what your children are reading: recipes, cereal packets, catalogues ... it’s all useful! Keep books and other reading materials close by.
3. Reading to children of all ages is helpful. If your little one isn’t reading by themselves yet, read with them.
4. Ask lots of questions: Who, what, where, when and why and ask them to summarise when you’ve finished.
Make sure you record all of your reading achievements, we love to celebrate these in school too.
We LOVE to celebrate world book day.