What's in your child's bookbag?
Two key reading initiatives are encouraged across the school:
• The 100 books to read before you leave WBI aims to encourage reading for pleasure as they are all books that are highly regarded and are books that the children are encouraged to share at home as well as being key texts that we explore through topic work, assemblies and reading to the children at the end of the day. These books are available from the school library and through Wootton Bassett library who work with us to ensure the texts are available and on display. We have used the book covers to create butterflies which are displayed in the school library and some classrooms to highlight the initiative. The children receive a small prize from Mrs Pass for every 20 reads on the list.
• The 150 Club encourages all parents to read with their child 5 times a week and record those reads in their child’s reading record book. The winners receive a special prize or treat from Mrs Pass at the end of each term for a child in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.
We also deliver a reading workshop annually to inform parents about how we teach reading; the importance of reading and the end of KS1 expectation for reading.
Pre- school children from the local area are invited into school for reading sessions with different staff and they are encouraged to borrow books from the school library.
All teachers read to their classes every day. Books are chosen by teachers and children and reflect new books, classics, non -fiction and poetry. We enjoy a Book Week in March (to celebrate World Book Day) where the children receive a World Book Day token. They also visit the local library and are encouraged to take part in a book swap in our own school library.
Poetry plays a huge part in the work we do in school. We have created a poetry spine so that each year group is exposed to wonderful rhymes and stories in school - more information can be found here Wootton Bassett Infants' School Poetry Spine
Trips and events in school are often book related such as visiting theatre groups, the Year 2 trip to the Watermill Theatre and the Roald Dahl Museum and the Christmas play- 2019 saw all Key Stage 1 children take part in The Snow Queen while all EYFS children told the story of the Nativity. West End in Schools visit annually to help us to celebrate World Book Day through dance.
The school library is timetabled, and groups use it regularly.
Being able to read is fundamental to education and proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for children to be successful learners. Here at WBIS, we aim to create successful and enthusiastic readers and we believe that parents and carers can play a major part in this success.
You will find more information about our Reading Progression maps in knowledge and skills.