Lets Read At Mayfield
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR 'LETS READ' CAMPAIGN
Reading is vital. Simple as that. One of the key achievements needed for life and definitely part of the skills you need for 'when you grow up'. We have invested in, and established, of number of different activities and projects to encourage regular reading and importantly reading at home. We aim for more of our children to leave Mayfield meeting expected standards and higher in reading at eleven years old and being on track to do this in the years beforehand. The actions below will help us to fulfill this together.
THE 'TALK FOR READING GANG'
Launched on World Book Day, with families and our children, our characters are visible across school as each of them use question frames and prompts to encourage talk before reading, ready for reading, during reading and after reading. Use each character, as we spotlight upon them in school, to chat with your children. Encourage the children to talk in full sentences, to offer their thoughts, to use different words, to discuss the way texts look, to say which they prefer and why and to discuss new or interesting phrases. Take a look at the gang in our Reading Carnival area and use the gang as part of your daily reading.
LAUNCHED WITH FAMILIES JUST PRIOR TO THE FIRST PARTIAL CLOSURE PERIOD. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE THEN CONTACT SCHOOL - WE WILL BE HAPPY TO SPEND TIME TALKING ABOUT HOW THE GANG CAN HELP YOUR CHATS ABOUT READING AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILDREN. (DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)
NEVER ENDING STORIES
A new system for sharing your reading time and adventures. Fill in your daily Never Ending Stories Reading Record summarising your time together and send us an email to email@example.com to tell use about your reading time or to simply send a picture of your time together at home. We will display as many as possible in our Reading Carnival area. We won't be able to respond to all emails but will use each one to celebrate the impact of your time together.
THE SECRET GARDEN LIBRARY
A brand new school lending library - which is set in a unique indoor and outdoor environment. Completed during the second lockdown period the new range of books - banded by colour - are available to support and supplement the children's choice of reading in school. We have plans to make this an enrichment offer for families after school in due course. Stay tuned.
DEDICATED 1-2-1 TIME
Over a two week cycle, each child will be heard read by their teacher in their class. We have generated specific time for every child to display their current reading progress in the following ways: their ability to decode words; the pace of their reading; their expression in reading. Meaning no child at Mayfield goes beyond 10 school days before their reading is informally assessed by a member of staff.
CLASSIC READ TIME
A class novel is chosen and shared daily with every class. The text is deliberately more challenging to provoke thoughts around subject matter, character, setting and viewpoints and, above all, to enhance vocabulary. It also provides the opportunity for each child to listen to a story being told aloud with all the associated intonation and expression. The current text for your child's class is shown in the Curriculum Poster/Map for their year group.
TEACHER'S RECOMMENDED 10/20
Each class now has a recommended 20 books (10 in KS1 & EYFS) that the children may choose. These are in addition to their reading scheme book/free reader and are designed to be read with an adult and are naturally more challenging. Teacher's will guide the children to an appropriate choice as these books have been identified to provoke interest in character and plot, whilst enhancing the range of vocabulary and for use with the 'Talk for Reading Gang'.
THE TOP 40
We have set a minimum target of 40 books for every child to complete during the school year. That is at least one book per week. We wonder what the record will become and how many books beyond the 40 will be read? The Top 40 list is contained in each child's Never Ending Story Reading Record.
We have set about banding the range of books which are 'non scheme' through school. We need to ensure there is appropriate challenge to support the 'free choice' of books that our children make and they support the fully decodable Pearson Scheme as much as possible. This first stage book banding is now in place in the class libraries and forms part of the Secret Garden Library.
DEDICATED CLASS 'READING BAYS'
Each class now has a brand new class reading area/bay which practically delivers the above aspects. Bringing the central school library into the classroom. Our investment in new books, the environment and the strategies used can be seen in these new classroom areas which hugely improve our immediate offer for our live classroom environments.