Enrichment - Literacy
Please Help Your Child Read This Summer!
Summer reading is really important! Research shows that children who read four or more books over the summer are better prepared for the coming school year and do not go down the ‘summer slide’—the loss of reading and learning skills during the summer break. Reading over the summer months really does make a difference to your child’s learning.
Here are five easy ways you can help your child reduce summer reading loss:
• Make reading important. Be a role-model for reading. Let your child see you reading throughout the day and use daily routines as reading opportunities. Cooking, reading TV listings, looking for information on-line, reading directions, or following a map all provide authentic reading experiences.
• Give your child the power of choice. Having reading materials available is key to helping kids love to read, and the reading materials kids choose themselves are best. In fact, 92% of children and teens say they are more motivated to read and are more likely to finish a book they have picked out. Help your child find texts that appeal to his or her interests, yet are age appropriate and ‘just right’ in difficulty- There are some great books at Blythe Bridge library.
• Set aside time to read every day. We know that the more kids read, the better they become at reading and the more they will enjoy reading. During the summer, encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes per day. Make reading ‘down-time’—an opportunity for family members to read together, either aloud or quietly to themselves. Keep track of progress by recording book titles, pages read, and minutes spent.
• Talk it up. Talking about books during and after reading helps improve comprehension. Encourage kids to share their ideas and opinions by asking open-ended questions. Talk about what you read to let them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you— soon they might start doing the same.
• Be part of a reading challenge. Our local libraries have summer reading programs that help engage and motivate readers. At Blythe Bridge Library children can set a goal, track books they read, and receive incentives, such as stickers and medals for achieving goals. You can even create your own family reading challenge.
Have a great summer, and happy reading!
Shakespeare drama workshop
The year 6 children enjoyed a Shakespeare inspired drama workshop with a drama specialist from The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle on Monday 18th April.
Shakespeare's 400th anniversary fun ...
We enjoyed taking part in drama workshops from the New Vic Theatre. Each cass participated in drama activities based around Shakespeare's famous play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Take a look at our pictures we had a brillaint day.
Forsbrook take part in record attempt
Children from reception to year 6 were invited to make a pledge or promise related to reading and help set a new Guinness World Record.
The national world record attempt launches "Record Breakers", this year's annual Summer Reading Challenge in all local libraries.
The popular scheme, which takes on a different theme each year, offers youngsters aged 4 to 11 a fun way to keep up their reading levels during the long school break.
Children who sign up are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays, collect stickers to chart their progress and receive a certificate and medal when they complete the Challenge.
If you would like to encourage your child to take part in this year’s challenge please visit Blythe Bridge Library
The Legend of King Arthur
On Tuesday 24th Feb we were very lucky to be able to watch a production of 'The legend of King Arthur' by the acting company Manactco. We learnt a lot about the history and legend of King Arthur as well as enjoying the amazing acting. The story was told by only two actors who really engaged our imaginations throughout the performance.
On Friday 6th March the Artyfact Theatre company visited our school to perform a production called 'History Detectives' for us. It was fantastic! Through the two actors and their puppets, along with some help from some Year 5 volunteers, we learnt all about the Stone Age. What a fantastic way to learn about history through amazing storytelling and acting, we loved it!
World Book Day 2015
The children at Forsbrook loved taking part in World Book Day this year, with our special Historical figures theme. Our children went to great effort to dress up as a figure from history. We had great fun in our classrooms in the morning and even enjoyed a History Detectives production in the afternoon.
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 18th year there’s been a World Book Day, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading
NATIONAL LIBRARY DAY 2015
February 7th was National Libraries Day, whereby people young an old could celebrate their love for books and we just couldn’t’ resist the chance to be a part of it.
At Forsbrook Primary school we just love reading, so we jumped at the chance to celebrate. Children from our Nursery class to Year 6 all visited our fabulous Library to listen to stories, select books and enjoy lots of reading activities.