Promoting a love of reading
How we develop a love of reading at St Dennis Primary Academy
- The reading booklet (we created) is used to empower staff and volunteers to be expert readers who model reading skills, discuss texts and share their own love of reading.
- Class teachers read every day to their class through 'Five a Day' in EYFS, Book Share and Book Study (KS1), and Novel Study (KS2).
- Every class has a storytelling chair and a cloak that children and adults can wear.
- Our curriculum promotes a diverse and meaningful reading experience through linking texts and stories to events and occasions e.g. Black History Month in October, Anti-bullying Week in November and Safer Internet Day in February. These texts are used to promote discussion and a sense of belonging, thus promoting teamwork.
- Children show courage to embrace a range of unfamiliar texts based on 'Five Plagues of Reading Spines'.
- A team of Reading Ambassadors in Year 6, promote reading throughout the school and share books with younger children, showing responsibility.
- A 'Reading Squad' of volunteers from the local community have been recruited and trained, to share the love of reading across the school.
- Visiting authors, book signings and virtual events create real-life experiences and aspiration.
- We plan to open the library to the community after school once restrcitions are lifted.
- Reading displays around the school show recommendations by staff and childen and also signpost children to other books they can read, based on authors they already enjoy.
- To promote friendship, comfortable 'Book Nooks' around the school have been created and display texts that link to our core values.
- The outdoor environment is being renovated to include storytelling chairs and reading areas.
- We hold book based events throughout the year including book fairs, World Book Day, 'Stay and Read' sessions and book swaps.
- All achievements are rewarded with books.
- Reading displays in class celebrate achievement in Accelerated Reader.