Following the success of the Book Fair in December, we received £505 in rewards to spend on books on the Scholastic website. Teachers selected books that the children will enjoy as a class and individually and they have arrived. As a school, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our collection of books to promote a love for reading and we hope that all staff and pupils enjoy these.
Vipers to Support Reading Lessons
We use the 'Reading Vipers' in our whole class and small group teaching. The Vipers approach helps to develop key comprehension skills and enables the children to become more successful readers, focussing on a number of key skills. We use this approach to dig deep into high-quality texts that are rich in vocabulary and challenge pupils of all abilities.
V - vocabulary
I - infer
P - predict
E - explain
R - retrieve
S - sequence (KS1) summarise (KS2)
Over the course of a week, pupils will investigate a challenging, age-appropriate text and learn how to answer questions linked to the Vipers focus areas. Find the KS1 and KS2 Vipers guidelines below for examples of the types of questions that we work from.
Reading for Pleasure
At Willowdown Primary School, we are continuing our drive to encourage all children to read for pleasure. Research shows a positive link between reading frequency, enjoyment and educational attainment. Furthermore, reading for pleasure has positive emotional and social benefits, improves text comprehension and grammar skills and increases general knowledge.
All children are able to choose books to read in school and to take home for our school library and from class reading areas. We set clear expectations for reading at home in each year group and Reading Records are monitored to track this.
We have many initiatives that are taking place in school over this academic year to further encourage reading for pleasure.
If your child is finding it difficult to know what they want to read, here are some ideas:
We greatly appreciate all the support you give in supporting and encouraging your children to read at home and we are looking forward to an exciting year full of reading ahead!