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Reading at Wallace Fields Junior School

Our mission is to promote love of reading quality texts

In order to achieve this the school will be:

  • Introducing children to new vocabulary through word activities and reading good quality texts. Each child has their own WORD COLLECTOR book to record any words they find.
  • Teachers will be taking children into our well stocked LIBRARY regularly to help them to choose good books. Library is also open on a Thursday lunchtime.
  • Teachers will also be RECOMMENDING BOOKS in class and allowing children to share book experiences with each other.
  • An AUTHOR VISIT arranged for February, celebration of World Book Day and of course our BOOK FAIR in the Spring Term.
  • Children will be rewarded with a BOOK BINGO certificate for reading different genres.

How can parents help?

  • Encourage children to try new books by different authors.  Click here to https://www.booksfortopics.com/ks2 for recommendations for each year groups and also great ideas for books linked to topics we cover in each year group.
  • Share books together
  • Listen and discuss your child’s current book and also read to them
  • Make sure your child has a book in school everyday
  • Record when your child has finished a book in their homework diary or reading record so that they can achieve a ‘Book Bingo’ certificate
  • Download the APP - The Reading realm which encourages thinking and talk about good books https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/app/

Reading at home

Reading at home handout
Updated: 18/10/2019 1.35 MB

Book Week 2020

 

This year we celebrated World Book day within our Book week in February. Each year group read a class book linked to a cultural theme and followed this with activities. We also dressed up as our favourite book characters. The highlight of our week was the visit to our school of  two incredibly popular and talented children's authors:

 

Maz Evanhttps://maz.world/   Twitter @MaryAliceEvans

author of the hilarious 'Who Let the Gods Out' series. She made us all laugh about the characters in her books and intrigued the children with stories about where her inspiration for her books comes from.

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Abi Elphinstone http://www.abielphinstone.com/    twitter @moontrug

author of The Unmapped Chronicles and 'Sky Song', 'The Dreamsnatcher' trilogy and 'Winter Magic'. Abi grabbed the children’s imagination with descriptions of her travels to places around the world, including Mongolia, and how they were woven into the settings and  characters in her magical books.

 


Wallace Fields Junior School Book Club

In September 2019 we launched our Wallace Fields Junior School Book Club.  Mrs Clarkson, one of our parents and a children’s book author, has volunteered to run this on Wednesday lunchtimes.  It provides a wonderful opportunity for children of each year group to gather informally to discuss a book they have all read.  Whilst obviously developing and extending their comprehension skills it will also develop their ability to express their own ideas and consider those of others. The club is organised in year groups and meets once a month to discuss their book.  The club is free but parents will need to buy the chosen book or get the book out of the local library.  Children sign up in September for the year.

Book club reviews

Writing at Wallace Fields Junior School

Our main focus for writing this year is to improve knowledge and use of a wider range of high-quality vocabulary in writing.

In order to achieve this the school will be:

  • Introducing children to new vocabulary through word activities and reading good quality texts. Each child has their own WORD COLLECTOR book to record any words they find.

How can parents help?

  • Encourage your child to read widely – See the reading link.
  • Share new words found in books, notices, adverts etc and help to explain what they mean.
  • Find synonyms for a new word and practise putting the word in a sentence.
  • Download the Spelling Shed app or go to the Spelling shed website..  Click on https://play.edshed.com/login Or download App.  The Spelling Shed helps children to practice spelling via  simple games.
  • Print off the spelling lists below and practice spelling these key words.
  • Encourage your child to enter the annual Radio Two 500 word story writing competition when it opens in the Spring.

Spelling 

The spelling lists are the year 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 spelling words that children need to know but grouped into spelling rules.

Spelling rules

Year 3 & 4 statutory spellings
Updated: 24/09/2019 1.50 MB
Year 5 & 6 statutory spellings
Updated: 24/09/2019 1.50 MB