At Shiremoor Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language. Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.
Aims and Objectives:
As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Our Key Stage 2 Reader Leaders (Years 3-6) are a group that aims to promote a love of reading across the school. Our Reader Leaders have been chosen for their love of reading, their willingness to share this passion with others and enthusiasm to promote reading.
We meet once a week with Mrs Pritchard to discuss ways in which we can promote reading within our classes and across our school.
Reader Leader Roles:
* Part of the job of the Reader Leader is to encourage others in their class and across the whole school to read.
* Monitor children’s attainment of their reading targets or any challenges.
* Share book reviews and recommendations with their classes.
* Complete Accelerated Reader audits to find out what books, genres, dictionaries and thesauruses are needed to support reading.
* Help with Reading Events across the school.
* Help create displays to promote reading within school.
Reader Leader Quotes
The Power of Reading
Shiremoor Primary School is proud to be a Power of Reading School. The Power of Reading is a school development project which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum through using high quality books and proven teaching approaches. The Power of Reading project combines the use of outstanding books for teachers and children with an approach to teaching the English curriculum that is creative, engaging and develops a love of literacy. In every year group, each half term the children immerse themselves in their Power of Reading books – with some outstanding work produced as a result.