We began the day with a special World Book Day assembly. We thought about where we liked to read and the types of books that particularly interested us.
We heard from different members of staff about the book they remember, loving to read, as a child.
Then, we found out our groups and our adults for 'Secret Stories'!
For 'Secret Stories', children signed up to hear a story but they did not know who was going to read it to them. It was very exciting and all pupils had lots of fun!
In the afternoon, we met up with our 'Reading Buddies'. We enjoyed reading and sharing our favourite texts from home and discussing them.
We love Reading Buddies in Years 1-6. Pupils and staff are loving this experience and we look forward to this time every week.
What is ‘Reading Buddies’?
Reading Buddies is where two individuals read together. By linking Year 3 with Year 6, Year 2 with Year 5 and Year 1 with Year 4, we have ensured that an older child reads regularly with a younger child (and the younger child reads with the older child).
Why are we doing this?
By pairing up children from different classes, we are developing relationships between children of different age groups. We are also giving all pupils the opportunity to practise reading on a regular basis and with this practice, pupils can improve their skills. For both the older pupils and the younger pupils, they have the chance to develop fluency as well as a sense of pride in helping each other. Expression and intonation are also improved. We encourage both children in the pair to read and then discuss their book. They can then ask and answer questions during the session. Listening skills are also a big part of the session along with social skills. In the long-term, it is hoped that these regular reading sessions will develop a love of reading and nurture a mutual interest in reading as well.
The rest of World Book Day 2023 was spent in our own classes where we familiarised ourselves with the book 'Invisible' by Tom Percival. We used inference skills not just with the text but with the wonderful illustrations as well. We carried out Book Talk, thought about emotions and characters' behaviour before planning and writing two contrasting diary entries, writing in the role of Isabel.