At our school, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. It is our mission to ensure that, from an early age, pupils are able to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest. We intend for our pupils become fluent, expressive readers who possess a passion and curiosity for books and knowledge.
We are very lucky to have a wide range of reading books in our school. Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for the pupil’s reading age. This is a comfortable place for children to read throughout the day. Pupils are immersed in a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction, familiarising them with a range of authors and encouraging exploration of a variety of genres. Throughout all classes in school, we follow the children’s lead in their interests and use this to engage them in reading.
“Early reading ignites creativity, sparks curiosity, and stimulates the imagination in young children. Often, this leads to role-play as children grow which helps to develop other skills such as empathy and problem-solving.”
Why reading is so important!
Research indicates a clear link between reading ability and life success. Enjoying and sharing books leads to pupils valuing them as a tool for learning and a source of pleasure throughout their lives. The sooner a child learns to read, the more exposure they have to a range of vocabulary and knowledge, which then leads to better spelling, grammar, writing, oral communication and success in all areas of school.
World Book Day at Heatherley!
Look what we have in store for you…
World Book Day this year is on Thursday 2nd March.
More exciting information come! :)
All children from Nursery to Year 6 choose a reading book to take home, and this reading book is changed weekly. Children who are not yet ‘free readers’ will work through our school reading scheme. These are levelled books which match the children’s current reading age.
Our Book Shack is being launched on World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March) straight after school. It is used as a home book swap and will run from book donations. The Book Shack is located on the grass, next to the Year 5/6 building and opposite Foundation. It will be open after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have a large range of books for all ages, including picture books, chapter books, novels, non-fiction and poetry/ nursery rhymes. If you would like to visit our Book Shack, bring a pre-loved book from home and simply swap this for a new and exciting book of your choice. This environment will be used for children to share and swap books, supporting our school ethos of promoting a love of reading for all children.
Immersive Reading in school
As well as our usual reading lessons and storytimes and poetry, we have special immersive reading days and weeks throughout our year, including World Book Day. These reading days are themed around a story and all work will be linked to our book theme. Children are given the opportunity to read with and to other year groups throughout school. Book talk, sharing books and creating a love of reading is our priority.