Reading at Gascoigne Primary School
Welcome to the Reading Pages of the Gascoigne Primary School Website!
At Gascoigne, we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. Reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at Gascoigne Primary School, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range and types of literature, including different text types and genres, books, posters, magazines, signs and newspapers.
From linking letters to sounds in Nursery to fluently reading age appropriate extensive and other texts across the curriculum in Year 6, the Teaching and Learning of reading at Gascoigne is an engaging and developmental process.
We are committed to develop our pupil's passion for reading in collaboration with parents and other stakeholders of our Gascoigne community. Thus, whatever your role in our school community, these pages are provided for you to learn more about, and join in the celebration of the great reading and readers at Gascoigne Primary School.
At Gascoigne, we believe that creating a culture of reading is a vital tool in ensuring our children are given the best life chances. Cultivating readers with a passion for a wide range of materials will ensure that children’s love of reading will extend far beyond the classroom and allow them to build on their skills independently through a real curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
At Gascoigne, we believe that the ability to read is vital to pupils’ learning and progress across all areas of the curriculum, for the opportunity to be independent and in their future life choices. It is crucial in developing children’s self-confidence and motivation.
Reading is central to our capacity to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us. It should be a source of pleasure and enjoyment as well as the key to taking part in a range of activities. Because reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum, reading is given a high priority at Gascoigne Primary School, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range and types of literature, including different text types and genres, books, posters, magazines, signs and newspapers.
Reading development is linked to that of spoken language and of writing. By reflecting upon, talking and writing about the stories and texts they encounter, pupils are better able to make sense of their own experiences of the world and their place in it; by considering the effects of language and structures used by writers, pupils are able to make deliberate stylistic choices in their own writing. The best readers are the best writers - we read as writers and write as readers!
The Four Principles
The following four principles underpin our intent at Gascoigne.
Through the teaching and learning of reading and exposure to different types of texts, our children are encouraged to learn more about themselves, such as who they are, where they come from, and what their place is in the world. This leads them to question, analyse and explore their values and how these manifest as part of their character.
2. Reading widens our World.
Through the teaching and learning of reading and exposure to a variety of different texts, our children will acquire knowledge and an understanding of our world. Non-fiction texts especially, broaden our children’s understanding of our world’s history, how our world works and how to interpret it.
3. Reading underpins our ongoing Education
Through the teaching and learning of reading skills and exposure to different types of texts at Gascoigne, pupils develop both the decoding and comprehension skills that will allow them to both access their continuing education, and participate fully in society.
4. Reading affirms our rights
Through the teaching and learning of reading and exposure to different types of texts, our children are reminded of their rights and that we are a Rights Respecting School. Reading encourages a conversation about our rights and many themes and issues, which come to light through reading, are addressed and discussed.
National curriculum Key Objectives Year 1- 6
Book Lists by Year Group
Below are the recommended year group book lists, which detail books that children should read throughout their academic year. This is the minimum requirement and we would encourage children to read other books in addition to those listed. Children should also be reading, newspapers, magazines, e-books (Bug Club), blogs, poems, leaflets, posters etc. Children can access these books from school or the local library, so if your child is not a member of Barking Library we would encourage both parents/carers and children to join, in order to access an amazing collection of books and other reading material.
Outdoor Reading at Gascoigne
Classroom Reading Book Corners
At Gascoigne we believe that a dedicated reading space in the classroom serves as a constant reminder for children to pick up a book and read. Reading Book Corners create a physical space, set apart from the rest of the classroom, where attention can be focused on reading and stories whether it is used for individual, one-to-one or group reading. Reading is fun and a comfortable, inviting, well-stocked reading corner is instrumental in helping children discover a love of books, shaping their long-term attitude towards reading. Here are some of the reading book corners in our classrooms.
Reading Home Learning Agreement
Below is a copy of the Reading Home Learning agreement that teachers, parent /carers and children will sign to show their commitment to ensuring the children in our school achieve excellence in their reading.
Overcoming Reading Home Learning Barriers
Helping my child to read
The World's Leading School Author Visitor came to Gascoigne. Jack Trelawny has visited more that 1,800 schools and given his presentation to over 360,000 children. Our Gascoigne children were greatly inspired by his visit and a fun afternoon was had by all.
World Book Day and Book Week
27th February - 3rd March
At Gascoigne we are celebrating our favourite stories once again as World Book Day is back and marking its 20th anniversary. The annual celebration of authors, illustrators and reading is marked in more than 100 countries around the world. The event sees our Gascoigne children dress as our favourite characters, receive precious book tokens and take part in the events that our school runs to mark the wonder of reading.
Please click on the link below to see what events have been taking place this week.
A big thank you to all the parents, children and Gascoigne staff who hav supported the book fair. Together we managed to sell £885 worth of books. Remember that book tokens can be used up until the 26th of March in book stores such as Waterstones, WHSmith and other booksellers. You can find out more information about book tokens by clicking on the link below.
On Wednesday the 2nd of March, half of the children in each class at Gascoigne visited their buddy class and paired up with a reading buddy. Each child had their reading book and a selection of appropriate reading books was made available for the children to read. For example, half of the children in a reception class (White Class) went to a year 6 Class (Gold) while the remaining children in the reception class awaited the arrival of the other half of the children in the year 6 class. This was a phenomenal success are here are some of the comments that were made by some of the children involved:
"It was a pleasure to meet them. They were really good at reading!" Humayra Uddin.
"It was outstanding! It felt great to read with other children." Riad Troni
"The children were extremely kind and welcoming towards us when we came to their class." Yahya Abdulahi
"I was astonished by their knowledge : they corrected themselves when they made a mistake, and when we asked them questions they answered correctly!" Ismat Mahua.
"We would like to have them more often, please!" Nusrat (Shatu) Islam Sultana.
Reading Champions Celebration Assembly
Reading Champions is a whole school initiative that encourages children to read books and submit a high quality book review for each of the books read. On a weekly basis,each class updates the total number of book reviews which have been submitted.
Every class in the school has a Reading Champions display.
The display includes a Reading Champions heading and 4 trophies: A bronze trophy ( 10 books read) Silver trophy ( 25 books read) , Gold Trophy (50 books read) and Platinum trophy 9 75 books read). On that display, the children’s names are displayed and when a child has submitted a total of 10 book reviews, which are of a high standard, the child’s name is placed on the Bronze trophy. If a child has submitted 25 book reviews in total, the child’s name would be placed on the Silver trophy, 50 book reviews , the child moves up to the Gold trophy and 75 book reviews they move up to the covetted Platinum trophy. Once the child’s name is placed on the trophy a certificate is then given to the child and is presented at SoG assembly.
On Tuesday the 28th of February we celebrated each year groups' Reading Champions and certificates were awarded to the class that had the most book reviews in the categories of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. In addition, we also awarded a certificate to the class in the year group that had read the most books. Our children love reading and they loved the fact that this was being celebrated. Because this was enjoyed by all, we will be repeating this celebration on a termly basis. Gascoigne loves reading!
World Book Day
celebrating on the 3rd of March
On the 3rd of March we (all staff and pupils) will be dressing up as a book character bringing in the book to assembly. At assembly we will be celebrating world book day with a story and then we will be acknowledging the most creative costume in each year group. Watch this space, as we will be uploading photographs of the winners.
If you have any queries about reading in our school, then why not send me a message using the box below? I would be happy to answer any of your queries.