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English at Ashurst

English Leader - Mrs R King

'Reading at the heart of the curriculum'

Summer Reading Challenge 2020! 

Mrs King is so excited to be launching and sharing this year's SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2020!  I know many of you completed this challenge last summer, but this year it's bigger and better! All you need to do is join the 'Silly Squad' website, get parent/carer permission to complete an online registration and then read 6 books (or more) of your choice with collectable incentives and rewards.  You will receive a certificate for completing the challenge.  We can't wait to hear about your summer reading.  Good luck and have lots of fun!  All the details you need are below.

Our expanding school library

Over the last few months, we have expanded the books on offer in our school library.  We can't wait for you to see what's on offer!  We have a range of 'schemed' and 'real' books which make up our Book Banded offer.  You will get to chose from a wide range of amazing new books to inspire you, excite you and give you a sense of awe and wonder. Are you a budding scientist?  We have books for you!  Are you amazed by historical facts?  We have books for you!  Do you love a scary story?  We have the right book for you.  Do you love reading a series of stories?  Well there's plenty of that too.  We have a wealth of books on topical issues such as dealing with stress and anxiety, online safety, diversity and inclusion, racism and social justice, and books about different cultures.  We offer books with positive role models, ensuring that characters of colour are well represented. 

Children, you are going to love what's on offer.  We can't wait for you to return soon, to sample the books and write some brilliant book reviews to guide others and share on our school website.  Here are just a few of our new titles...

Top Tips for reading at home during Covid-19

The Education Endowment Foundation, EEF, have provided '7 top tips for reading at home' a document for parents/carers to support home reading during school closures.  There are 2 documents with one being more specific for KS2.  

 

Books to support mental health and well-being

Phonics activities for EYFS and KS1 early readers

Cut out the letters provided below and ask your child to make the suggested words.  To support you with this, please access Ruth Miskin's website for a wealth of support videos for parents.  These videos can be found at: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ 

Early reading - Phonics support for parents 

Ruth Miskin is sharing videos to support phonics learning at home during school closures.  Please see the document below for dates and times of these YouTube videos.  These would be really helpful for EYFS and Year 1.  Videos are approximately 10- 15 minutes and can be accessed for up to 24 hours afterwards.

We hope you find them useful.   

Key Stage 2 children - Get the most from Reading Plus at home

Reading Plus is a program for children in our Key Stage 2.  It teaches them to become stronger readers by developing silent fluency, reading speed and comprehension.  Reading Plus provides stories which increase in difficulty.  Children read a short text and answer 10 questions.  Children have access to 800+ high quality texts that are constantly updated and adapted to meet every child's needs.  Reading Plus does not replace reading books.  The program is designed to teach each child to become a more efficient reader, thus helping to support a lifelong love of reading. 

We are so proud of the excellent start children in our KS2 have made with Reading Plus.  Keep up the brilliant work children!

Our Love of Reading

Book Bus visits again!

Monday morning, new term and the book bus arrives again!  The shelves were packed with exciting new titles and new authors.  We spent just under £1,000 on books showing the love of reading at Ashurst.  Enjoy your books children and don't forget to recommend any good reads to each other. 

The Book Bus visit

We were delighted to welcome the Book Bus back to Ashurst.  We were staggered with how many books were sold on the day.  We feel this shows the love of reading at our school. Children flocked to buy: Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Jeff Kinley, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo and many more.  Mrs King has secured the next visit very soon.  See you soon Book Bus. 

World Book Day celebrations

What a brilliant day we had celebrating World Book Day! 

Take a look at our 'Doorways to learning'.  Each class decorated their classroom door in the theme of a favourite book.  The door to our Oscar club was most impressive with an additional door which opened up to display a scene from Peter Pan.  It even had twinkly lights!   Well done to the staff and children for their magnificent efforts. 

Our World Book Day Big Booky Swap Shop