The Importance of Reading

This year, in a bit of change to our usual World Book Day celebrations we opted for a dress up day with a theme. Kindness. All of our children were asked to dress up with a ‘kind character’ in mind.

As the first time in a few years that we dressed up it was really great to see children and families being so enthusiastic. There was an added incentive of team points for characters who were ‘unique’ which meant that some of the children attempted some of the lesser known characters. We had a fun assembly in the afternoon where each class presented their characters. Key Stage 2 also took part in drama sessions in their lessons.

To go a bit deeper into World Book Day, we also carried out a survey amongst the Key Stage 2 children into their reading habits and what they enjoy about reading. This told us a few interesting things:

  • The older children (Class 4) don’t always read with an adult at home – but they would like to.
  • Most of the children enjoy reading a wide variety of text types – website, blogs and magazines for example.
  • Almost everyone at Castle Carrock School enjoys reading! Yay!
  • They enjoy hearing their teacher read to them – and both classes could name books that their teacher has read to them.
  • They would enjoy the chance to read more of their own books in school.
  • Lots of our children talk to their friends about books.
  • They like the variety of books that we have in school.

This is really positive for school – we always spend lots of money on new books and we make time to both read to our children and to hear them read, no matter what class they are in. The whole school has reading sessions at 09am – 09:40 and we put a huge emphises on reading in all areas of the curriculum.

It’s worth thinking as well, even if you know your child can read, it can be a real confidence boost and an enjoyable way to spend time together to just share a book. If you want some hints and tips for reading with your child – you can look here.

Next year we may not dress up – the School Council always tell us that they enjoyed the sleep over – and the Clue Treasure Hunt. As ever, we are always open to ideas!