CELEBRATING LITERACY AT OBS
Literacy at Old Basford School
2019 - 2020
Things we are looking forward to this year...
Reading with the residents at Clover Green
World Book Day
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
Read Every Day January
Story Share Assemblies
Librarians reading aloud to Key Stage 1 Classes
Weekly mystery readers in Foundation 2
Read Everyday in January
Both the children and staff have had a busy start to 2020! We have set them the challenge of reading everyday in January. For those who successfully complete the challenge, we will be having a celebration day on January 31st, where we will be joined by Chris White, our Patron of Reading. He has very kindly designed some super posters for us, as well as special badges and bookmarks that he will award as prizes for the children and grown ups who successfully complete the challenge. If you are struggling to read everyday at home, remember you could always read one of our books in our outdoor library at playtime or lunchtime and ask one of the Year 6 Reading Champions to sign your sheet for you. Good luck!
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!
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.
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.
READING CHAMPIONS OF SCHOOL ANNOUNCED
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!
OBS LIBRARIANS FOR 2019-2020
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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, 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...