Encouraging Children to
Read for Pleasure
In school all children have access to a well stocked library. The resources accessible to each child change as they progress in age and ability. The library is open every day, for books to be changed.
Library Opening Times:
Play Time: 10.25-10.40 (Daily)
Lunch Time: 12.10-13.00 (Daily)
Golden Time: 14.30-15.00 (Friday)
After School: 15.15-15.30 (Daily - Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
The library however, is not just open to children who wish to change their book. It is actually open to anybody who wishes to use the library for library purposes. We offer reading buddies, a chance to share stories with friends and even interactive displays.
To maintain our wide range of books and materials, we ask that all children renew their books on a regular basis. They can continue to read it, just scan it at the library as a check-in system. We also ask for all library books to be returned to school before the end of each term. Any books that are not returned will be considered lost and charged for at the cost of replacement as recorded in our library system. This way, stock can be replenished and children will still have access to a wealth of materials.
Read to Succeed
This program is for our KS1 children.
As a school we do everything we can to encourage a love of reading within school and to ensure this does not end when the bell rings at 3.15pm we have set up a little reading scheme called Read to Succeed.
Every child is given a reading chart with 25 boxes.
Sign 1 box a day when the child reads at home for at least 10 minutes.
Return chart to school to be signed by an adult in class.
Complete a chart and earn a badge,
Collect all 8 to earn a special reward.
This targets our KS2 children, following a similar pattern to Read to Succeed, with the children earning Bands instead of Badges.
Once this children have achieved their Black Band they become active members of the Reading Council.
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice from Y3-6. Here at St George's, the children have made it much more than that. It has become a scheme that encourages children to continuously read and challenge themselves. It creates a sense of achievement for the children and their dedication to the program has developed a positive culture surrounding reading in our school.
Children will pick a book in their reading range, read it and then quiz on it. Correct answers on these quizzes earn children points towards their final target.
Every child is expected to achieve 70% in their quiz as it chosen to be challenging but achievable based on a half termly STAR Reading Test.
We encourage children to read a range of materials and to develop their reading identity. Reading a book of their own choice from outside of school is widely encouraged.
To check if a book that is not from our school library has a quiz you can search for it on www.arbookfinder.co.uk .
This team of children, along with some new additions this year, really help to encourage a great working environment in our school library.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in making our school library what it is today.