Reading Across the Generations
Some of our children were lucky enough to visit residents of two local care homes this week in order to share a special 'Reading for Pleasure' session.
The children first took part in a preparation session where they learnt about dementia and how it can affect people. We used the text 'Grandma' by Jessica Shepherd as a stimulus for this and spoke about how difficult it can be for people and their families who are affected by this challenging condition.
When we arrived at the care home, the children were introduced to the residents. The children were excited to hear that one of the gentlemen we met used to be a former pupil of Lander Road! The children spoke about which books they like to read and the residents shared stories which they enjoyed reading when they were children.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and look forward to meeting our new friends again.
Visiting Bootle Library
Many of our children told us that they were not members of the library and so we took the opportunity to arrange visits for children in Years 2 - 6 to visit Bootle Library.
During the visits, children received a tour of the library and a talk from one of the librarians who explained the services on offer. Children also heard about the exciting Summer Reading Challenge 2017 and many children have returned to school eager to take part! Children brought home an enrollment form for the library which enables them to officially become library members - meaning they can access all Sefton libraries! Children who returned these forms have loved choosing their own books to borrow. The visits have created a real buzz around reading and it is great to see children accessing such a valuable service in the community.
'I can't believe we can take books home for free!' (Year 3 child)
'There are so many books here that I haven't read yet!' (Year 5 child)
'I'm definitely coming back for the Summer Reading Challenge!' (Year 4 child)
Chestnut Class Get Cosy in Costa!
One of our first trips in Chestnut class was a reading trip to Costa, Switch Island.
The manager invited us to visit the coffee shop to share our love for reading. We went in two groups and were able to speak to the Costa staff and share how much we love reading.
Keith the manager invited us read some of his brand new books. We found some fantastic books which we have never read before!
Once we had read some books with partners and by ourselves, we were lucky enough to listen to Joe and Keith (Costa staff members) to read to us. They picked one of the books which they enjoyed. We really enjoyed the book, Brian the Smelly Bear!
Once we listened to this story, we asked the staff in Costa what their favourite books were and why. Keith told us his favourite book was Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. Later on in the year we are going to read this book together in class.
To say thank you we decided to write letters to Keith and Joe. We really enjoyed our visit and now know that we can even read in coffee shops with our parents!
Since our visit children have been to sit and read with their parents in different Costas. One of the children even saw Miss Tansley reading in Costa!
Nursery Family Hungry Caterpillar Cafe
Our Nursery children spent two weeks completing activities based on the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Activities included sequencing the story, role playing with story props and creative activities such making caterpillar and butterfly models.
To end the topic we invited families into our Reading Cafe where we made fruit kebabs using fruits from the story, sang songs and read lots of other stories by the author Eric Carle.
Our event was a big success!
Year 1's Teddy Bear Sleepover!
Recently, Chestnut class went on a trip to Hugh Baird College. We went for a Teddy Bear Sleepover. Not only were we lucky enough to visit a mock aeroplane cabin and learn about aircraft safety, but we could also visit the L20 library! This is our local library.
We loved visiting the library because we could see all of the different books. Jessica was delighted to find out the library had Oxford Reading Tree books, similar to the ones we read in school. She was so excited that she picked up three of them and read the books to teachers! As well as this, Evie H (one of our Reading Ambassadors) found a huge collection of books she loved including books by Roald Dahl. She explained to Miss Tansley that she wants to come back and get a library card.
We all sat down and listened to Frank, a member of staff from the library, read a book. Kyle chose ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson as this was one of his favourite books.
The staff members in the library were so impressed by our class, they said that they had never seen a school pick up so many books! They really liked how much our class loved reading. We all can’t wait until the next time we get to go to the library.
After we returned to school, we were eager to get our teddies back and find out what they had been up to on their sleepover. We even received a fantastic booklet showing us what the teddies did on their adventure! We decided to create a recount of our trip and a story which explained what the teddies did during the night.
Redwood Class: A Christmas Carol at Crosby Library
Just before Christmas, children in Redwood Class visited Crosby Library for a fun session based around Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Local author Dave McCluskey has taken the Dickens classic and re-imagined it into a graphic novel format.
The session included a brief introduction to Dickens, a selected reading from A Christmas Carol, some fun book-related activities and an opportunity for children to purchase a signed copy of Dave McCluskey's book.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and many said they will return to the library with their parents.