Well what a fantastic term it has been, and what a privilege it is to be the patron of reading for Beacon View Primary Academy! It is so lovely to see the increase in numbers of students who are enjoying reading in their own time. This term we have also enjoyed:
being interviewed about the patron of reading initiative by BBC Radio Solent
being shortlisted for an award for drawings and stories written about museum artefacts (which are currently on display at the Natural History Museum in Portsmouth, and the award ceremony is in January 2014)
taking part in two all school reading related competitions
watching a video of clips from writers sharing with us why they think reading is great fun
starting to steer the direction of book four in the Portal Series by reading each chapter as I write it and making choices in the voting polls
making a literacy chain (each link has the title of a book read in term one)
exploring new ways to enjoy reading books
At the end of each term I hold an all school reading celebration assembly where we celbrate all the great things students have done in relation to reading. At the celebration assembly at the end of term one there were:
12 Super Star Readers – chosen for reading 3 times a week plus an additional reason such as: huge improvements with attitude to reading, always reading EVERY night, reading when on holiday, challenging themselves with book choice and showing a real commitment to their reading
83 Star Readers (almost double the amount since last half term) - awarded for reading at home three or more times per week
67 Star Book Borrowers (8 times more students borrowing library books compared to last half term!) - awarded for borrowing at least one school library book per week
8 Peer Reading Champions - awarded in recognition of the good work these Year Six students do with leading the PoWR reading groups in the weeks that I am not at the school.
There is now also the Paulsgrove Library Award, which is given each term to the child who has supported the local public library the most ( by book borrowing, attending activities and by their good behaviour in the library).
Well done to all the readers at Beacon View Primary Academy!