Creating a Positive Ethos – Our Whole School Approach
At Owler Brook Primary we encourage all our children and their families to read as often as possible. All our classrooms have a wide range of reading material for children and parents to access. A love of reading inspires children’s imagination therefore we provide all our children with a free Owler Brook book bag and home reading record. Children will often be given challenges and tasks relating to their current theme to complete at home.
Owler Brook Library
Our school library is a vibrant space filled with a variety of texts for all ages; well stocked with a range of quality fiction and non fiction books. It includes both fiction and non-fiction texts and a range of bilingual books. During family reading mornings, children and adults are welcome to borrow any of these texts. Additionally, both practitioners and children use the library for researching topics and many children choose to borrow fiction texts to read for pleasure. All classes have a library time each week in order to select a book to loan.
Children at Owler Brook Primary School are encouraged to read and talk about texts at home. Texts not only include banded reading books but a whole host of other reading material. We also actively encourage our children to read and discuss texts in home languages. Many of our parents choose to complete a home school contact book so that there is a dialogue about reading between home and school.
Reading in the Playground
A range of books are taken into the playground for our children to access. On hot summer’s days our children can be seen sat under the shade of the tree canopies enjoying a good book.
From our community we have a number of adults in school who volunteer to read with our pupil’s. These include governors, parents, and ex-students.
Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2
Our approach to reading throughout school is consistent and therefore we hold events that are accessible for all. For example we have held Big Reads on our school field, we celebrate World Book Day and author studies form part of our curriculum.