Information about Reading at BPSP
During the Autumn term, BPSP took part in The Great Big Read. We were so impressed with the children’s enthusiasm for this as they took on the challenge.
Through participation rewards and donations from our local community, our school raised a whopping £850! The money has been used to invest in beautiful new non-fiction texts to support our curriculum learning in every year group.
Thank you so much to everyone who so generously signed up, took part, donated and helped to promote this scheme. We very much look forward to working with The Great Big Read again in the future.
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Thinking Whilst Reading
Not only have Year 6 been enjoying ‘Darwin’s Dragons’ as their class read this half term but we were also enormously lucky to have the author, Lindsay Galvin, come to meet us virtually! Lindsay discussed the writing process, the history and science behind her storyline and provided us with some recommended reads. The children were given the opportunity to ask Lindsay questions about the inspiration behind ‘Darwin’s Dragons’ and hear all about her resilience and aspiration to become an accomplished writer. Following on from some of our sensational writing in English, Lindsay has asked for a sample of our work to be sent to her to enjoy. Our budding Year 6 writers are sure to have been inspired!
We are very proud of our Reading Mentors at Baden-Powell and St. Peter’s Junior School. The pupils chosen are incredibly passionate about reading and have the desire to share their love of reading with others. They have developed the skills to be life-long readers which makes them excellent candidates to share the passion, aspiration and resilience that is required to be a Reading Mentor who leads by example. The Reading Mentors love to model our school values to their buddies and are able to do so through the book choices which are made. This further embeds our school values and ensures a strong link is created between both our school reading goals and aspirations that we share.
Each Reading Mentor has been paired with a Year 3 pupil who may need support with reading fluency, comprehension or the book choices that they make. The mentors meet with their buddies once a week during ERIC and they are enjoying their roles immensely. We are very grateful to them for promoting a love of reading to our younger pupils who are inspired by their knowledge, passion for reading and supportive nature.
For World Book Week 2022, BPSP’s theme was ‘Recommendations’. Our pupils spent the week celebrating new authors and literature, giving everyone the opportunity to share what inspiring reads they have experienced recently.
We also launched BPSP’s 100 Reads! Teachers sprang into action, sharing their recommendations for the top 100. More details for this can be found on the ‘100 Read’ link on this page.
Children sent recommendation postcards to one another and each class produced a class recommendation list. So many of our readers have rushed to their local libraries and stores and added to their birthday lists in response to these recommendations and teachers have loved watching new books arrive on desks.
And of course, we celebrated with a traditional dress-up day; the outfits were fantastic!
Thank you to children, parents and teachers in making World Book Week this year so successful.
Our Readers Make Talented Writers
This year, some brave, enthusiastic and gifted writers took on the challenge of entering the Royal Mint Writing Competition. This is an annual writing competition, led by the Royal Mint Museum, to encourage children up and down the country to write for fun. This year’s theme celebrated the Platinum Jubilee. We are proud to say that eight of our Year Six writers each entered a 500-word story, ranging from chaotic coronation days to corgi escapes! And guess what…
With over 500 entries submitted, one of the runners-up was our very own Harriet Hodges! Harriet penned a truly entertaining story about one of the Queen’s beloved corgis being kidnapped. Her prizes have included a very special commemorative coin and a range of books to enjoy. Harriet is an avid reader whose passion and knowledge of books inspires her classmates. This just goes to show the power that reading has! We are incredibly proud of Harriet and all of our talented writers who submitted stories.