At Crookesbroom, we pride ourselves in celebrating a love of reading throughout school from the moment the pupils arrive until the moment they leave. We encourage pupils to develop a love of reading so that they become life-long readers. It is our aim to ensure that pupils become fluent readers as early as possible. We recognise how crucial this is for pupils to be able to access all areas of the curriculum.
We refurbished our library and invested in over £20,000 worth of books, which we actively encourage pupils to borrow. Each class has an allocated library time and are able to attend a lunchtime and afterschool club to further immerse themselves in quality texts. We have also invested in re-stocking the home-reading books in order to ensure that all pupils have an appropriate text to help develop their reading fluency. In addition to this, we have invested in the RWInc. book bag books to ensure pupils are taking home a phonetically decodable book that is matched to their reading ability. Our intent is that no child should leave our school without being able to read.
Here at Crookesbroom, we listen to the pupils read regularly and they are then encouraged to read aloud to an adult at home at least three times a week. This is to help reinforce their word recognition; improve their fluency and confidence; and share their love of reading with siblings and parents. We reward pupils who read at home with ‘regular reading’ prizes. They are recognised weekly and half-termly in assembly with special prizes and everywhere around school, you will see encouragement for reading. We acknowledge that not all pupils will have the opportunity to read at home. Therefore, we ensure these pupils are listened to as often as possible within school.
Following on from the success of the Dolly Parton Imagination library, we have introduced our own parent reading workshops in nursery where we model effective book sharing to our parents. Our aim is to get pupils and parents excited about reading and inspire them to become life-long readers. This was supported by Delta Academies Trust who provided all pupils in the foundation stage with their own quality traditional tale, nursery rhyme book and a book bag.
We want the pupils to develop a love of reading. This is encouraged through the use of reading challenges, our school library and class texts. We ensure all of our pupils read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age. Furthermore, we arrange engaging experiences such as author visits, library visits and book fayres to expose the pupils to the joy that reading can bring. We are also part of the Doncaster stories project. This provided every pupil in KS2 with a Roald Dahl book. This project aims to involve and inspire the community with developing a love of reading.
A strategic approach to story time is being embedded. All pupils in the academy enjoy listening to an age appropriate story at 1:15pm every day. Each classroom is transformed in to an inviting environment where the pupils are able to lose themselves in the imaginary world inspired by the story telling experience.