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Welcome to Literacy 2020- 2021

We raised a fantastic £236 for BookTrust from Pyjamarama Day. Well done everybody!

Pyjamarama Day - Friday 14th May

Come dressed in your pyjamas and raise money for reading books for children who can't afford them at home. There will be lots of fun activities planned in classes that morning, all around READING!

OBS Poetry Competition - Enter Now!

Closing Date Friday 14th May

'Read One Get One Free'

Take a look at some of our first winners, who are taking full advantage of the limited-time only offer. Remember if you read one, you get one free! Who will reach that pot of gold first?


World Book Day #OldBasfordSuperhero

The day was a huge success! The children loved our bespoke assembly and workshops with the very talented Chris White. Take a look at some of our photos, lots of fun had by all! 

World Book Day Winners

Take a look at our winners for 'Best Book', 'Best Cape', 'Best Story Den'.

World Book Day 4th March 2021

Online Reading

There are so many wonderful resources online when reading at home, please take a look at the letter below to see all some excellent websites offering free access to a whole library of books.



Reading Rainbow


Since the launch of our new 'Reading Rainbow' scheme, we have asked each child from Y1-Y6 to design a certificate for each of the colour bands in the rainbow. I am delighted to announce we have one winner from each year group, please watch the video to find out who!

Reading Rainbow Announcement

Still image for this video

Our Memories of


Excting things that happened this year...

Reading with the residents at Clover Green
Chris White (OBS Patron of Reading) visiting termly

Book Fairs

Using the Spelling Shed website to help us learn our weekly spellings

Our new outdoor library

Recommending books for our 'Bookflix' display

Phonics Parents Workshops

Reading Parents Workshops

Story Share Assemblies 

Librarians reading aloud to Key Stage 1 Classes

Weekly mystery readers in Foundation 2 

Useful Links...

Old Basford School's Top 5 Reading Tips


Reading daily during the summer holidays and beyond will help your child’s wellbeing, develop their imagination and have many educational benefits. Follow these 5 easy steps to help instil a love of reading and support your child in having a bright future.  


1. Enjoy daily reading  

Reading to your child every day can be a special time for you to get cosy together and enjoy a book. Children love re-reading their favourite books, looking at the pictures and talking about the plots. Set aside a time to read as a family and try adding funny voices to bring characters to life. You might want to have everyone reading the same book, reading different things at the same time or getting your children to read to each other, a pet or their favourite toy! 


2. Encourage reading choice 

Give your child opportunities to read different things - it doesn’t just have to be stories. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes, newspapers, leaflets and much more. If your child finds reading tricky, then short, creative activities linked to books may be the best way to get them interested. If English is your child’s second language, encourage reading in your first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it! 


3. Make reading fun!  

You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together, play a game after reading the instructions or try inventing your own game! Over the summer holidays you may have time to organise a treasure hunt by reading about an object and finding something similar in your home.  Try helping your child to create their very own book or encourage them to write a diary. If you can, make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently - or together. 


4. Talk about books 

This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about and continue to encourage further conversations as you read. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, something new that you found out, how the book makes you feel or whether it reminds you of anything. 


5. Use your library 

Libraries have recently reopened so you can visit your library to explore all sorts of reading opportunities. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/find-a-library/ for more information.

Summer Reading Challenge


Don’t forget to have a go at completing the Summer Reading Challenge during the school holidays where you can achieve online rewards, play games and earn badges as you read books during summer! It is delivered in partnership with public libraries. Visit https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ to sign up now!

Free Audio Books


The World Book Day website has a 'World of Stories' page where you find a wide selection of free children's audio books read by famous voices such as Ade Adepitan, Konnie Huq, Matt Haig, Ben Miller and more! Click the link below to enjoy them. 

Extreme Reading Competition during the Easter Holidays

Visit from Chris White - Our Patron of Reading - 12.3.20


We loved having Chris White visit us during our Sports Relief week. He held a parents workshop first thing in the morning about how to support children with their reading. It was well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by the grown ups who attended. He then spent the morning with Year 2 and the afternoon with Year 1, teaching the children how to create their own Sports Relief characters and writing poems. All of the children had a great time and we look forward to seeing Chris again in July. 

World Book Day 2020


We had a fabulous time celebrating World Book Day and sharing our favourite books. Although this year we didn't dress up as our favourite book characters, as we were dressed up as rock stars to celebrate OBS Maths Day, it was still great fun! Our highlight definitely has to be sharing our favourite books from home with children in other year groups. 

Shakespeare Week - 24.2.20 - 28.2.20


We had great fun learning about the Merchant of Venice this week as part of our work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Every year group has completed lots of drama activities and games, acted out different scenes from the play and completed lots of writing and art work related to the play.

Read Everyday in January


Both the children and staff had a busy start to 2020! We set them the challenge of reading everyday in January and 279 children took part.  For those who successfully completed the challenge, we had a celebration day on January 31st, where we were joined by Chris White, our Patron of Reading. He very kindly designed some special badges and bookmarks that he awarded as prizes for the children who successfully completed it, as well as holding celebration masterclasses for the children to enjoy. A BIG well done to all of the children (and staff) who completed the RED January challenge. 


Story Assembly with Councillor Mellen - 29.1.20


Our children in Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Year 4 enjoyed a special story assembly with Councillor Mellen (Leader of Nottingham City Council). This week Councillor Mellen is undertaking a very special challenge and reading to lots of children across the city to raise funds for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library; a scheme that delivers a free book every month to children from birth up to 5 years of age. We were lucky enough to be one of the schools he visited and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories he read to us.

Year 2 Parents and Carers Reading Workshop


We had a super turn out of grown ups at the Year 2 Reading Workshop. The children and adults had great fun learning together and taking part in a shared reading lesson. The adults were also given information on how to support their children in the lead up to the Year 2 SATs. Thanks to everybody who attended. 

Our Bedtime Stories

Our super Year 6 children have been busy recording bedtime stories for our younger children to enjoy watching at home. I am sure you will agree they really bring the books to life and are great reading role models. Click on the link below to have a watch and keep checking back regularly as we add more. 

Story Share Assembly


We had great fun at our first story share assembly of the year. The Year 6 children read their favourite story books to small groups, they did a brilliant job and acted as super reading role models for the younger children. The younger children also took some of their favourite books and shared them with children from other year groups. We really enjoyed it and we are already looking forward to our next one!

Book Fair


Thank you to everyone who visited our Book Fair and a massive thank you to all of the Year 6 Reading Champions who stayed after school to to run it every day. We sold looks of books and will be able to spend the money we raised on our library. Enjoy your new books! 

Year 6 children reading to Key Stage 1 classes


This Year we have invited our Year 6 Librarians and Reading Champions to read stories to the children in Key Stage 1. So far we are trialling it in Year 2 and it has been a great success, all of the children involved in it thoroughly enjoyed it. The Year 6 children were great reading role models for the younger children, reading with fluency and expression and promoting their love of books and reading. We look forward to this happening more often in Key Stage 1 as the year progresses. 

Phonics Workshops


In Foundation and Year 1 we invited our parents and grown ups in to join in with our phonics lessons. We all had a fabulous time and the grown ups gave us some great feedback saying they really enjoyed being able to learn with us, and now have a greater understand the technical phonics vocabulary and actions we use with our pure sounds. Thank you to all of the grown ups who came.


Our Reading Champions and Librarians have been busy recommending new books for our 'Bookflix' display. We have used the money we raised from our last book fair to buy some new ones for everyone to enjoy. We had great fun opening them when they arrived and stamping them with our OBS stamp. We look forward to seeing lots of children enjoying reading them.  




This Wednesday during whole school assembly our OBS Reading Champions for 2019-2020 were announced. We are delighted that so many children applied to be considered for the prestigious position and that this year ... even some of our Year 3 children have been appointed.

We know you'll be supportive, encouraging and very enthusiastic to all of the other pupils who read with and work alongside! CONGRATULATIONS!


Well done to our new 2019-2020 OBS Librarians! Librarians at OBS hold a very important position, not only do they ensure our Library is well looked after, tidy and welcoming - they also suggest books they have read to fellow peers that might appeal to their individual reading tastes. Congratulations on your appointment and well done! PROUD!

Our Outdoor Library 


We are now the proud owners of an outdoor library! There are lots of different books to choose to read on both the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 playground. The books will live outside in their plastic boxes and the children will be able to enjoy sharing them during play times and lunch times. Speak to one of our librarians for a good book recommendation! 

Reading Champions

This year we had over 80 children from Key Stage 2 who applied to become a Reading Champion and share their love of reading with their peers. The children all designed a front cover for a book explaining what qualities they have that would mean that they would be a super and supportive Reading Champion. Have a look at an example of the beautiful applications below.


We are so proud of our newly appointed Reading Champions and know throughout the year  they will do a brilliant job of inspiring and supporting their peers with their reading.