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Love Reading

Welcome to our Love Reading page!  

Let's encourage children to share their love of books and reading ALL YEAR ROUND.

This page will be regularly updated with stories, recommendations and great ideas for ways to foster the love of reading.

Sophie Kirtley comes to Ridgeway Education Trust

On Wednesday 27th September, Year 2 students from the Ridgeway Education Trust primary schools came together at All Saints Church of England Primary School to hear a talk from award-winning author, Sophie Kirtley

Author of The Wild Way Home and The Way to Impossible Island, Sophie gave a talk called Wild Reading… Wild Writing. Imaginations were sparked as the young audience was asked to imagine what life was like during the Stone Age.

Each of the schools will also be given a signed copy of The Wild Way Home to enjoy!

Mrs L Barnes
Reading for Pleasure Lead for Ridgeway Education Trust

Author Simon Murray comes to visit

On 22nd April children in Year 1-4 were lucky to have a visit from an author and illustrator, Simon Huggett. His website is a lot of fun! https://www.ickydoodah.com/about-simon-murray Simon writes stories about a character called Icky-Doo-Dah. In his workshops with children he encourages them to have a go at drawing Icky, letting their imaginations run wild! The children loved hearing about Icky’s adventures and make up stories of their own. For children in Year 3, this has linked with their learning in Design Technology for the term, as they are developing pop up books. You can see some of their work in the pictures below.

World Book Day 2023

This year, we held a non-uniform day with a collection for a charity called Book Aid International which distributes books around the world to those who need them most. You can find out more here. Lots of children (and staff!) chose to dress up as book characters, which made it even more special for those who love a bit of fancy dress! Children shared books together across classes, with older children reading to younger ones. You can see a film of our day by clicking here.

We were very lucky to be able to welcome local author Naomi Joslyn to school. Her books feature a character called Molly McDrew, who travels around the world (and beyond) on her magic blanket.

Naomi lead a whole school assembly where she talked about her experiences as a writer and in publishing. She explained to the children how she begins with her ideas and stories, and how she has to liaise closely with her illustrator and text designer to make sure the books look just right on the page. Although the books are aimed at Key Stage 1 children, this made the talk relevant and interesting to the older children in school. She then read some of her stories to Kestrels and Kingfishers classes, and they had to join in the magic words to help the story along!

What a lovely afternoon to share a story!

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On a beautiful sunny day in March Wrens Class shared their writing with Kingfishers Class. Mr Stoodley started by reading the story 'FArTHER' By Grahame Baker-Smith. Then some of Wrens chose to read their sequels they have been working on in English with a friend/sibling or two.
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