English Beyond the Classroom
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney
Being confident, competent readers, writers, speakers and listeners equips the children will the skills they need to be successful in all areas of learning and in all aspects of life. Exposing children to wider experiences beyond the classroom inspires and motivates the children to develop and apply their skills. The children have been enthused and motivated by external visitors including award winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell, story teller Robin Gregory and the wonderfully entertaining Garlic Puppet Theatre.
Once a week the whole school listen to and enjoy a high quality text together in Mrs Dobbin's reading assembly. Often these texts are linked to a theme around wellbeing, provoking deeper thought and discussion around the underlying messages within the texts.
Mrs Dobbin launched a photography competition, inviting staff, pupils and parents, to send in a photograph of themselves reading in extreme places. If you would like to get involved the competition is open until the end of the spring term. Photographs will be put on display, and prizes given to our most imaginative readers.
During the Autumn Term the younger children in the school can join our after school Story Club. Each week the children complete an art based activity linked to a picture book.
Our Year Six Reading Ambassadors plan a range of activities to inspire the younger children to love reading. Activities include story sessions, craft activities linked to a book, writing activities linked to a book, and library sessions where they help the children choose suitable library books to take home and enjoy with their families.
Reading at home
Our school library is situated in the heart of the school, and is a warm and welcoming space. Pupils are able to access books that they can share and enjoy with their families at home. The children also have reading books matched to their reading ability to take home. However reading shouldn't be limited to these books and we encourage parents to expose their children to a wide range of literature, and to listen to and read to their children every day.