At Batheaston Church School, we strongly believe in the importance of reading in young children and encourage a love of reading from the minute they step through our doors. Research shows that children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all other subjects as well.
Reading is also essential to develop language skills and will ensure your child is exposed to vocabulary on different topics which they may not hear otherwise in their day to day lives. We know that reading encourages a thirst for knowledge and leads to children asking questions and developing an interest in different cultures and languages. We also know that a love of reading helps to develop a child’s imagination and creativity.
Here at Batheaston, we want to encourage and nurture a love of reading for all our children and we do this in a variety of ways.
We place a high importance on reading in the early stages and much of our daily timetable focuses on phonic skills and word recognition whilst sharing picture books linked to the learning in class.
Children are able to choose from high quality books, suitable for their ability while still encouraging an enjoyment of reading.
Every Year group, from Apple class to Oak class develop a love of reading through their guided Reading sessions where Books which often linked to the learning in class are read, digested and discussed.
Our library hosts a range of quality books to immerse the children in the magic of exciting stories and fascinating information books.
Time is set aside each week for the children and staff to choose or bring in their own books to read for pleasure.
Communal areas around the school are designed to encourage and foster a love of reading. From our outside Pavilion where books can be accessed throughout play and lunch to our wooded reading corner where children can spend time enjoying a book in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Themed weeks during the year encourage children to share and explore their thoughts around different books and why they are special to them.
Every class has a list of the 50 most recommended reads where parents and children are encouraged to read as many as they can from the list during the year.
Rewards are given throughout the year to celebrates children’s love of reading.
Each class has designed an attractive book corner where high quality books are displayed and changed regularly to show the children the range of stories and information books they can have access to.
Click on the links below for useful documents:
- Phonics and Early Reading Policy (EYFS/KS1)
- Early Reading and Phonics Progression documents EYFS/KS1
- Reading in KS2
Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge and keep up a reading habit over the long summer holidays; this in turn can help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’ and is highly recommended by us all at Batheaston Church School.
Children are really welcome to visit libraries, and having recently visited Corsham, Bath, Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge libraries, I can vouch for the fact that all of these (and many more around us) are already participating. Many staff are on hand to help get your children involved and excited about reading! There is also a ‘Home Zone’ tab for those who would rather access the challenge from home. Please access the link below for the letter we sent out to parents and the Summer Reading Challenge Link.
- Summer Reading Challenge Website to login your details and track your reading
- Letter sent to parents
We will celebrate all children who took part during a Whole School Celebration Assembly, presenting them with a special certificate and book themed reward!
Book Week – March 2022
On the 28th February – 4th March our annual Book Week took place at Batheaston Church School. Following great success in 2020, teachers planned a week packed full of exciting book themed events to help children develop their love of reading. Please click on the link below to see all the exciting events and work achieved over the week.