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Literacy at Old Basford School

2019 - 2020

Things we are looking forward to this year...

Reading with the residents at Clover Green
Chris White visiting termly throughout the year 

Our next Book Fair which begins on Wednesday 29th April 

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...

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. 

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. 

Reading Champion applications


Our Memories of...



Visit from Chris White (OBS Patron of Reading) for Careers Day

On Friday 3rd May we had a super day finding out about different careers and thinking about what we might like to be when we grow up. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Chris White, our Patron of Reading. All of the children from F2 to Year 5 spent some time with Chris, finding out about how he became an author and illustrator and they even had the chance to have a go at doing some illustrating themselves!


Book Fair

At the beginning of May we held our first book fair of 2019. Thank you to everyone who visited us and bought a book, we hope you are enjoying reading it. All of the money raised from the book fair will go towards buying new books for school. Our next book fair will begin on Thursday 28th November.


Shakespeare Week

We had a fantastic week learning about Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet just before the Easter holiday. Every year group took part in a variety of different activities on a Shakespearian theme, including drama, writing and art. Lots of fun was had by everybody!

The photo below is of Year 2, who are wearing the masks they made during Shakespeare week, while dancing at their ball.


Reading with the residents of Clover Green

On Friday 22nd March, children from Key Stage 2 went to read with the residents who live at Clover Green. They had a fabulous time sharing books together and even had the pleasure of joining in a with a sing along accompanied by a live band. We look forward to visiting them again soon.


Handwriting Heroes

We are encouraging all the children to try their best with their handwriting and we have a new display in school showcasing the work with our best and most improved handwriting! The children whose work is chosen for the display also get to take our school bell on tour around school while showing everyone their beautiful work.


World Book Day

We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The children dressed up as their favourite book characters and shared their favourite books from home with their friends. We had a poetry theme for the day and really enjoyed learning about different poems. On the Friday, we had a celebration assembly where each year group performed part of their poems that they'd been learning. We had a brilliant day all round!


RED (Read Every day) January

To kick start the new year, throughout January, we set the children the challenge to read every day. They all had a RED January chart to record their reads on and over 200 children managed to complete the challenge, which is amazing! Well done children!


Chris White

Chris White, our Patron of Reading, visited us on Thursday 29th November. We really enjoyed seeing him again and loved his whole school assembly, as always it made us laugh a lot! The children in Year 5 and Year 6 were also lucky enough to work with him. We look forward to seeing him again soon.



Reading Champions and Librarians

Our reading champions and librarians are busy sharing their love of reading with the rest of the school. Make sure you ask them for recommendations of good books.  


Book Benches and the Hoodwinked Trail
Well done to all of the children who completed parts of the Hoodwinked trail over the summer holidays. We are now very pleased to have our book bench back at school and pride of place in our library.


We were blown away by Mia and Franklin, who over the summer holidays visited every robin and every book bench! They have each made a beautiful scrap book to document the fun they had, they are fantastic! Here are some photos...