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Celebrating Literacy at OBS

Welcome to Literacy 2021- 2022

Meet the Literacy Team:


                                            Mrs Whitehead- Writing Lead              Mrs Priddy Reading Lead

We are the Literacy Team. Mrs Whitehead leads writing and Mrs Priddy leads reading (including phonics) across school. We are very fortunate to have some wonderful readers and writers at Old Basford School. Please take a look at our page below for updates on Literacy and to celebrate our talented students. 

Talented Writers


There has been some phenomenal writing taking place across school over the last term. Teacher's have been so impressed with some of the lovely pieces being produced by our very talented pupils. Please take a look at the video's below, where you can listen to the authors reading their work aloud, as chosen by their teachers.


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New books for school!

Due to the City library relocating, an opportunity arose for us to buy some discounted books for school. Mrs Priddy was delighted to return with over 250 new books for school! These books have replenished our library, added to our classroom books and joined our reading for pleasure books to take home. Here are some photos of the children enjoying reading them.

World Book Day

What a brilliant day for enjoying books! The OBS mission for teachers was to fill your day with lots of book talk and enjoyment and we think they did a brilliant job! From book picnics to illustrator tutorials, it was a fantastic day across school. All of the children chose something comfortable to wear to school and they brought their favourite book too.


What happened on the day?

In nursery the children brought their best book to school and shared it with a friend. Over in F2 the children met up with year 4 to share some stories in a 'booknic' complete with cakes. In year 1 the children had a book tasting event where they got to try some tasty reads. Year 2 joined the illustrator Axle Sheffler as they illustrated Zog together. In year 3 children created dream jars inspired by the BFG and year 4 illustrated their favourite book cover again. In year 5 there was a fantastic book quiz and year 6 enjoyed more book tasting, especially when there was a spare copy that they could enjoy with a friend. 

The day was finished by a visit from a mystery teacher reader which all of the children enjoyed!

New library furniture 

We are pleased to announce that our library is getting a makeover! Children will need to look our for the beautiful new library shelves which will be arriving in March. Photos will be uploaded when our library is ready.

World Book Day is 25! 

We will be once again celebrating World Book Day on the 3rd March. All of our children took home a £1 book voucher with their newsletter before the February half term holiday. Please find a copy below.


We are really looking forward to World Book Day where the children can come to school in something comfortable and bring their favourite book. There are all sorts of exciting things planned including a year 4 and F2 'booknic' (a book picnic), mystery class readers and live author talks. Come back to this page for an update after the big day!

Reading for pleasure newsletter


Please see below for a copy of the second Autumn term newsletter by Mrs Priddy. Remember to let her know if you try any of the recommended books!


We have some very exciting news! Old Basford School will be starting its very own newspaper. The reporting team will be made up of Year 5 and 6 children, who will be writing stories all about daily school life. There are always lots of exciting events happening at school, so keep your eyes peeled for this half term's newspaper, which will be released at the end of this term.


Reading for pleasure newsletter

Mrs Priddy has written our first reading for pleasure newsletter this half term with the help of the OBS librarians. The newsletter will come out each half term and will contain a variety of book recommendations, reading news in school and ideas for how to make reading enjoyable. We hope you enjoy taking the time to find out about some new books! Please let Mrs Priddy know if you have any suggestions for the next newsletter.

Talk for Writing

As you may already know, we believe strongly in developing enthusiastic, creative, independent writers at Old Basford School. To support this vision, we made the exciting decision to adopt the Talk for Writing approach last year. Staff received some fantastic training on this and since that point, we have never looked back! We are now in our second year of this journey and the quality of our writing and the teaching the children are receiving is just fantastic. Here is a little taste of some of our writing from F2-Y6 from Autumn 1. Please share in our success and watch some of our talented children in action: 

F2 - Mikey retells his version of the story of 'We are Going on a Bear Hunt', this time 'We are going on a Woolly Mammoth Hunt'!

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Y1 - Nathan - Listen to Nathan tell you how to make the perfect super hero cape, super!

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Y2 - Isabelle-Melanie - Listen to Isabelle read her persuasive 'wanted poster', delightful!

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Y3 - Jacob - Have a listen to Jacob telling you his own suspense story based on 'The Stone Age Boy', gorgeous!

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Y4 - James - Listen to James tell you his descriptive story based on 'The Iron Man', excellent!

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Y5- Elinor - Listen to Elinor read her warning tale, what a treat!

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Y6 - Mojet - Listen to Mojet share her powerful story, what a talented writer she is!

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Our Memories of


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

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