Bells Farm enjoy their reading!

During ERIC this week Miss Williams went around the school to see how ERIC was going. It was a real pleasure to see all children across all classes throroughly enjoying their reading in lots of different ways. Some children were reading independently, some in pairs or groups and some even reading aloud to a whole group.

Well done everyone! Don’t forget to use the books to fill in your passports!

Poems and poets

This week for ERIC the children will be exploring lots of different poems and poets. Today we did paired reading and they had to choose their favourite poem they shared with their friend.

‘We chose Nathaniel by Richard Edwards because it reminds me of wanting to stay in bed’ Elias & Jacob
‘Dilly Dilly Piccalilli by Clyde Watson because it was funny and short for us to read’ Hani & Reva
‘Picnic by Judith Nicholls because this happened to my family at the beach the sand was everywhere!’ Charlie & Olivia
‘The Sound Collector by Roger Mc Gough like when it describes all the sounds that were stolen’ Ryan & Aizah
‘This poem Lift Off by June Crebbin was great it was about blasting off to space in a lift!’ James and Karly

Take part in our reading challenge!

As you are aware, in school this year we are having a real focus on developing reading for pleasure. As part of this the children have been asked to take part in a reading challenge.

They have been given a reading passport explaining the 8 challenges further which they should have bought home with them today. They are welcome to do as many or as few as they like but we are expecting every child to take part.

Please ensure they bring their passport into school regularly as teachers are encouraging them to discuss their reading with other children. The challenge finishes after Christmas so they have the Christmas holidays to enjoy reading and complete as many as they wish. All completed passports need to be returned to school by Monday 6th January 2020.

The children are very excited about the challenge and we hope you can share in their enthusiasm also at home. We have brand new books in school and they are welcome to borrow whichever ones link with the challenges. They can also seek recommendations from teachers and each other.

Enjoying Reading In Class

Year 3 Bluebirds have really enjoyed their reading sessions where they have chosen what they would like to read. There were lots of different ways we saw reading happening such as:

Children reading alone to themselves, out loud to one another, in small groups, Mrs Parry and a group sat on the mat together, Miss Dainter read to children, children sat On cushions in our book corner, lay on their coats or even under the table. It was a great relaxed atmosphere and everyone was reading what they loved!

Mrs Parry told the children about a treasured collection of books she has in her loft at home. They were her favourites as a girl which she could never part with! Mrs Parry wondered whether the children might be interested in seeing them. The children were very excited to see the treasure chest the next day! They promised they’d take good care of the books as they knew how special these stories were to Mrs Parry. She shared with the children the significance of why these stories meant so much to her and made a display for the children to read about these particular books.

The treasure chest is being kept with our special Year 3 authors boxes. Mrs Parry’s books have a good star on and a golden bookmark inside. When a child has read the book they write their name on the back of the bookmark so other children can talk to them or ask them about it. This should create opportunity for book talk and hopefully work as a review and recommendation exercise.

Pippa chatted with Mrs Parry about The Faraway Tree characters and Tanatswa shared her favourite part of The Naughtiest Girl In The School too. Millie told the class about her favourite book called Mr Moo and kindly brought it in so we could all hear the story together. Lexi brought in her non fiction book all about Space and Jessica brought in a super “lift the flap” timetable book! Jessica is currently reading a fairy story book that Miss Williams has recommended.

Mrs Parry talked about the rights of a reader and the children agreed if they really don’t enjoy a book then they shouldn’t have to finish it. On the other hand, they also agreed it was fine to read a story lots of times when it’s one you really enjoy. Mrs Parry showed the class a book she bought from the school book fair in Primary school about a little bear called Corduroy. She had read it lots of times both as a child and then to her own children when they were young. Bluebirds wanted to hear it too so Mrs Parry was really pleased to be able read the story again and share it a new generation of children!

Welcome to our new reading blog!

Welcome to our brand new Reading for Pleasure blog.

This year Bells Farm is involved with a very exciting project to encourage children to enjoy reading. Research shows that children who read for pleasure achieve better than children who do not. We believe every child has the ability and the right to be a reader and we are very pleased to be involved in the project.

Over the year we will be doing many new and different things with reading in school to encourage the children to become readers. We hope you will support us with many of these as we work to develop a reading community.

You may have noticed our wonderful library has been given a lot of care and attention by Mrs Butterworth. The children are really enjoying using it and we hope to make more of it throughout the year.

Children are now able to access books outside at playtimes. I am sure you can see from the photos they really are enjoying it!

We have also introduced Eric into all classes:

Every class has 10-15 minutes of choice reading time every day. Sometimes this involves using the library, reading with a partner or just enjoying a book on our own.

Please keep an eye on this blog and newsletters throughout the year as we will be holding many exciting events and challenges. Be sure to let us know if you have any ideas too!

Miss Williams