At Griffin Park Primary School reading underpins everything that we do. Children are encouraged to read in all aspects of the curriculum and for their own pleasure. We encourage adults and children to share this love for reading. Parents play a vital role in this when supporting children's reading at home. Children's reading ages are assessed by teachers and these were shared with parents in a letter from our Headteacher explaining the importance of reading at home and how children can be supported by parents. This had a great impact, with children reading more frequently at home, parents discussing reading more openly with school staff and when children were assessed in the following term the results showed great progress. We also shared ideas with parents about commenting in reading diaries. Please take a look at the link below.
In school children will experience a range of teaching and experiences in reading. They will read individually with members of staff, guided reading in groups, shared reading as a whole class. Children will also have the opportunity to selects books from our library and use iPads and other online resources to support reading. In Key Stage 1 children will also read during Read, Write Inc sessions.
When working in groups children will read appropriately challenging texts from our reading schemes in school and also home readers, which are predominantly Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star.
We run an Early Bird Reading Club every day in school from 8.30am to which children in Key Stage 2 are invited and read with in school in a daily basis with Teaching Assistants. This helps promote a love for reading and supports and develops fluency with targeted children.
Due to the demands of the new curriculum we are working on fluency of reading and also developing a deeper understanding of what we have read. The children will develop these skills in guided group sessions and also in specific comprehension skills sessions using new resources and training to support this.
We have put together a powerpoint of our favourite books, have a look through and see if it makes you want to read any of them
MY FAVOURITE BOOK
(Members of staff share their favourite books with the children).
My Favourite Book by Mrs Clayton-Young
My favourite book in the world is Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. As a child I was mad about ballet, I loved learning how to dance almost as much as I loved to read. Ballet Shoes is a book set in the first part of the 20th century. It is about 3 orphans and the family they go to live with. They all perform on the stage and go to auditions and practices all the time.
Two years ago my sister bought me a beautifully bound copy of the book, as she remembers me reading it when I was a little girl. I keep it in Violet's bedroom, hoping she loves it as much as I did.
I remember losing myself into this old world, and as soon as I finished the book I would start again at the beginning; I was always reading this book alongside other books I would choose.
I would really recommend this book.
My Favourite Book By Miss Howell
One of my favourite books is a book that is designed for children and adults. It's a journal based on one of my favourite authors, Beatrix Potter. I think I like it so much because it has lots of History in and facts about Beatrix's life as a child and later on in adulthood, when she lived and worked in the Lake District, which is a place I love to visit! It also has photographs, drawings, sketches, maps and letters some of which Beatrix wrote and drew herself when she was alive. In the back of the journal there is a secret compartment and inside it is The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which was her first book to be published. When I was little I loved reading all of her stories and looking at all the animals she could draw. The thing I love the most about her stories is that they were all based on her own real life pets or animals that lived around her.
My favourite book by Mrs Stirzaker
My favourite book is the 'BFG' by Roald Dahl. As a child I remember my Dad reading this story to me and the way it was told made the characters come to life for me. The BFG tells the story of a big friendly giant who prefers to be with humans rather than eat them. He spends his time creating dreams which he keeps in bottles and every evening he travels the land distributing the dreams to children while they sleep. One night everything changes when a young girl sees the BFG...
I have also enjoyed reading this book to my class who find the book amusing and interesting.
My favourite book by Miss Astley
My all time favourite book has to be Harry Potter. In particular, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the first in the series). I still remember the first time I ever saw the book. I was in year 6 and my teacher brought it in and read a chapter of it at the end of every day. I think I was mesmerised from the beginning. It was the first book I ever bought from the bookshop and I still read it now as an adult, it never gets old! I grew up with the Harry Potter saga and I absolutely believe it is the reason I am such a passionate reader now. My favourite possession is my Kindle and I now have nearly 1000 books on it!
My favourite book by Mrs Otter
My favourite book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. I was in Year 5 at primary school when I first read it. I found each character fascinating. James's aunts, Spiker and Sponge, are always calling him names and they make his life a misery. If only his parents hadn't been eaten by a rhinoceros, he wouldn't be in this mess. But one day he meets a mysterious man who gives him a bag of magic crocodile tongues and so begins the adventure of his dreams.
Over the many years I have been teaching I have read this book to different classes and they have all enjoyed it as much as I have. I would definitely recommend it as a great read.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is one of my very favourite books. I love the illustrations in the book by Axel Scheffler as they have so much detail and this adds to the story. I love this book as a teacher as it has such super adjectives and great rhyme within it which helps paint a wonderful picture in our minds. I also love this book as a Mum, as I loved reading it to Joel when he was younger and I now love sharing it with Sasha (it is her favourite now too!). If you have ever been taught by me I am sure you will remember us reading lots of stories by Julia Donaldson - how many have you read?
My Favourite Book by Mrs Edmondson
I only met Jeremy Strong when my children were about 6 years old and we borrowed this book from the library to read at bedtime. The book was so funny I think I laughed more than my boys. We would then borrow a Jeremy Strong book from the library every week until we had exhausted the library's collection. This particular set of books follows a boy called Nicholas, who has a hilarious dad with crazy ideas! He also has a rocking grandma who is a lot of fun. I was very sad when my boys were too old for bedtime stories, but occasionally get to have a sneaky read when in school. If you want a good laugh I would highly recommend Jeremy Strong.
My favourite book has to be Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I remember reading this book for the first time and wishing I was Alice and could go on a magical adventure like she did.
The story starts with Alice in her garden sitting under a tree, when a rabbit runs by with a waist coat on and a pocket watch. He stops and looks at his watch and says," I'm late, I'm late". Alice then follows the curious rabbit into a rabbit hole and the adventure begins.
The rabbits words are etched in my mind, "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late".
My favourite part of the story is when Alice drinks from a bottle that says "drink me", then eats a biscuit that changes her size so she can fit through a tiny door. I also love the Mad Hatters tea party - it still makes me laugh when I think about it!
My daughters read this book when they were young and they too remember the 'potion', the 'rabbit' and the 'tea party'.
I had so much fun reading it. Have you read the book? What is your favourite part?