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Grow a Love of Reading - Margaret Wix Reading Blog (April)

 

What's happening in school?

We have a new diversity and inclusion intent document – Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality. 

Our range of inclusive texts allow our children to learn to be tolerant, respectful and inclusive of everybody, not only in school, but in the wider community. 

At Margaret Wix Primary School, we want to see a generation of children starting school who confidently choose a book from a shelf and ask an adult to read it to them. We want to see a generation of children who identify as readers and who read to create space to reflect and relax, to be themselves and to understand the world around them. And within this, our priority is to support economically disadvantaged children and families, and those from vulnerable family backgrounds, to become readers.

 

We are committed to embedding and promoting diversity, inclusivity and equality in all that we do, to deliver this real and lasting change for children. Our aim is to enable fair access to the benefits of reading for all children and provide support that takes into account the diverse backgrounds, context and environment of all our children and families.

 

 

 

New resources to support you in growing a love of reading at home

New growing a love of reading leaflets emailed out to parents and carers. Take a look at the powerpoint that offers some more advice and support for helping your child at home. Just click on the link below, which will direct you to these documents.

 

PowerPoint Presentation (primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com)

 

 

Phonics Worskhop for Parents of Children in Year 1 and 2

This week saw our fabulous Year 1 and Reception teachers deliver a phonics workshop to parents and carers. Here, they spoke about how to best support your child at home with phonics and early reading; showed our parents some of the fantastic resources we use in school during our phonics sessions; and discussed key vocabulary and terminology that their children are being taught and using. If you missed it, don't worry, just click on the link below and select 'Reception and Year 1 Phonics Workshop.'

 

Reception and Year 1 Phonics Workshop (primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com)

 

 

Let's hear it for the granparents

 

Take a look at some of our favourite books about the grandparents in our life.

They're perfect for your child to share with their own granny or grandad, but otherwise with you – giving you the chance to chat about why grandparents are just so wise and wonderful. More seriously, a couple of these books also touch very well on some sad and delicate themes about the older relatives we love, and have loved, so much. 

 

 

 

New Books Miss Pott loves this month

 

Ages 4-5 

 

A Bear's Guide to Beekeeping

Author: Pip Cornell Illustrator: Alex G Griffiths

This entertaining picture book is a step-by-step guide for any bear who wants to become a successful beekeeper. Attractive, colourful artwork depicting Bear’s mishaps is full of witty detail.

 

Windrush Child

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Sophie Bass

In this bold and vibrant picture book, John Agard’s touching poem Windrush
Child
 is brought to life for young readers.

 

Ages 6-8

Hello Star

 

Author: Stephanie V W Lucianovic Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

Hello, Star captures something of the magic and mystery of space, and a sense of how all of us are connected: even a giant blue supernova and a small girl. A truly lovely and moving book.

 

Luma and the Pet Dragon

 

Author: Leah Mohammed Illustrator: Loretta Schauer

This book is the first in a series and contains two short stories about Luma and the talking baby dragon Timir. Their magical adventures are accompanied by amusing black-and-white illustrations, which bring the characters to life. Full of mischief and mayhem.

 

Ages 9-11 and up 

Beyond belief: The Science of the Future 

Featuring chapters about space colonies, time travel, super-intelligent machines, invisibility, superhumans, nanotechnology, cloning, nuclear fusion and much more, this brilliant book is seriously inspiring – and a great source for parents and teachers of curious kids. 

 

Like a Charm 

Author: Elle McNicoll

Readers of all ages will fall in love with this neurodivergent, beret-rocking protagonist. Thankfully, the promise of a sequel suggests that they can be reunited with her soon. 

 

Need more reccommendations? Take a look at April's top picks

 

 

 

Parent zone

Click on the link below to view all the documents and information Margaret Wix offers to support your child at home.

Support at Home | Margaret Wix Primary School

 

Phonics Screening update

Is your child in Year 1 and struggling with those cheeky alien words? Follow the link below to a handy video explaining what they are in order to support you at home. Remember it is so important your child doesn't try and change this world to a 'real word' but reads it exactly as it is using their decoding skills. 

Quick guide to Alien words - Bing video

 

Another handy document to tell you a little more about the upcoming Phonics Screening check and some activities you can complete with your child at home.

phonics-screening-check-support.pdf (primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com)

 

 

Thank you for reading the latest Grow a Love of Reading Blog

'There is more treasure in books than in all the Pirate's loot on Treasure Island.'

Miss Pott

 

Grow a Love of Reading - Book Week Update

 

What's been happening in School?

 

That’s Me - Book Week, March 2022

 

At Margaret Wix, we want all of our children to feel that they, their families and their peers are represented in the texts they are exposed to and the lessons they learn. As a school, we promote No Outsiders: everybody equal, everybody included. Since this message is so important to the staff at Margaret Wix, we have just purchased new books that promote this message. These are available for your child to peruse in their library sessions. 
 


 

During Book Week, every class studied texts that illustrated this message. Through the week, we read stories that promoted gender expression; smashed gender stereotypes; appreciated visible and silent disabilities; included families of all different setups and showcased influential and inspiring people of colour throughout history.

 

Take a look at the different texts that each year group studied:

 

We also created art work inspired by the illustrations in the books we were studying. What do you think?

 

 

Also during Book Week, we took part in a Book Tasting. We 'tasted' a series of books and categories including: fantasy, action and adventure, diversity and inclusion, poems  and non fiction. We all took part in trying out a book from each genre. We wrote book reviews and requested to take home or read our favourites. 

 

 

 

We also took part in the book relay. Each day, a different book that promotes inclusion and diversity, was passed from Year 6 all the way down to Early Years. The book was read with the children and then discussed as a class. There were some fantastic lessons and morals that each book touched upon.

 

Ask your child all about Book Week and the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion; they will be sure to impress you with their mature outlook on No Outsiders: everybody equal, everybody included! 
 

 

 

Grow a Love of Reading - Margaret Wix’s Reading blog 2

Welcome to our new Reading Blog- Grow a Love of Reading. A page where we will update you on all things READING. Here you will find recommended reads, suggested links to support your child at home, reading events that are taking place in school and much much more!

 

 

What’s happening in school? 

 

World Book Week

As a school, we will be dressing up in our favourite characters' costumes or snuggling in our pyjamas. The dress up day will be on the 4.3.22. Want more information about Book Week? Check our our letters to parents/carers page on the website to find out more. 

 

Brand new fully decodable texts

 

We have stocked the shelves with new reading material! All our books are now phonetically decodable. Your child's practice book even has handy tips and prompts at the back. Why not test your child on their knowledge and ask them to read you the sounds.

 

The Margaret Wix Big Book Swap W.C. 17.1.22

 

It has been great to see so many children bringing in their much-loved reading books to be swapped. Our classrooms are filling up with books ready to swap this week! Thank you to those who brought in books and created a bookmark to accompany it! Enjoy reading your new book!

 

 

Reading question prompts displayed in all classrooms

 

Each week, every class will pose a reading question to prompt thought and discussion about reading. Throughout the week, the children get a chance to respond to the question and discuss it with their classmates. It’s a great way to encourage ‘book talk.’ Admirals were asked ‘If you could turn any book into a film, what would it be and why?’ Why not ask your child what reading question they have this week and discuss it!

 

 

New Books to look forward to this year

I've picked out top ten recommendations to watch out for from January to April 2022. See below my top picks and check the date for when they will be released. Which will be your favourite?

 

Read for Empathy Research

"Science shows that empathy is learnable and that reading is an important empathy-building tool. This collection will help parents and educators to surround children with empathy experiences, inspiring them to understand others better, and tackle societal problems like racism.” EmpathyLab Founder Miranda McKearney OBE.

 

EmpathyLab launched its 2022 Read for Empathy book collection at a time when empathy has never been needed more. An expert judging panel has selected 60 books for 4-16 year-olds, each chosen to empower an empathy-educated generation. Take a look at some of the books that were shortlisted.

 

Hit the link below to see the full list

https://irp.cdnwebsite.com/b2f3fbc2/files/uploaded/PRIMARY%20EMPATHYLAB%20GUIDE%20150dpi.pdf

 

Miss Pott’s top tips for Growing a Love of Reading 

 

  1. Find a calm spot where your child feels comfortable
  2. Why not be brave and read somewhere a little different once in a while. Somewhere unusual is sometimes fun – what about in the bath or up the stairs.
  3. Reading shouldn’t just be reserved for bedtime. Some books are perfect for winding down at bedtime but what about all those wonderful books just crying out for silly voices and actions or those books that offer the opportunity for really good discussion or debate? Growing a love of reading takes more than quickly reading a book at bedtime. Create an environment where reading is encouraged at any time of the day –what about introducing DEAR - Drop Everything And Read - to do just that.
  4. Embrace reading books over and over again, this will give your children a powerful advantage in learning how language works!
  5. Read to the dog! And no we're not barking suggesting to your child that sometimes, they might want to read to your pet perhaps seems a little odd but the reality is that a dog, cat, hamster or even a favourite stuffed toy, never judges. Fear of making a mistake or not being quite good enough often holds a child back when they are asked to read aloud, but, if they are confident their audience won’t critique their performance, they might be more willing to give it a go.
  6. Why not try this model to support your child with reading.

 

 

TOP NOTCH NON-FICTION

It's time to celebrate all things factual with my selection of recommended children's non-fiction books for readers that have a passion for information and knowledge. I’ve picked four non-fiction books filled with interesting facts and strong visual elements to keep readers engaged, informed and entertained.

 

Space is full of amazing things! Let's meet some of them in this marvellous book. From comets and asteroids to stars, solar systems and rockets, learn all about the universe with POP-UPS on each page (3-5 years).

 

Ever wondered what causes thunderstorms, how snowflakes form, or why our climate is changing? Get all the answers to these questions and more in this children's book about the weather! (5-7 years)

 

 

Our world is WONDERFUL - and it's worth protecting.

From the author of the BBC's children's book Blue Planet II, this book takes you on a breathtaking tour of our planet - from towering mountaintops, through grasslands, jungles, rivers, deserts, polar wildernesses and into the blue ocean - to discover the incredible variety of life that calls it home. Along the way, read the stories of 35 inspiring Earth Shakers - children and adults, from tree-planters to scientists, from all around the world - who have taken action to protect it (7-9 years).

 

These short biographies tell the stories of people who have faced unique challenges which have not stopped them from becoming trailblazers, innovators, advocates and makers. Each person is a leading figure in their field, be it sport, science, maths, art, breakdance or the world of pop (9-11 years)

 

 

 

Informative websites

 

Read for empathy - Launch (as mentioned above)

https://www.booksfortopics.com/post/news-read-for-empathy-2022-collection-announced

 

Take a look at the lifting limits website, here they have some fantastic recommended reads for all age groups that lift the limits on stereotypes and encourage inclusivity.

 

https://www.liftinglimits.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Book-list-age-7-11.pdf

 

Parent Zone

For all parents

Want some handy hints on how best to support your child with reading at home? Click on the link that will redirect you to the video

 

https://www.margaretwix.herts.sch.uk/english/

 

For Parents of children in EYFS and Year 1

Have a look at the support page from our Phonics programme. Here you will see some supportive videos on how to pronounce the sounds your children are learning at school.

 

https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

 

'Reading is the special key to take you where you want to be.' 

Let's continue to ‘Grow a Love of Reading’ together!

Miss Pott

Grow a Love of Reading - Margaret Wix’s Reading blog 1

Welcome to our new Reading Blog- Grow a Love of Reading. A page where we will update you on all things READING. Here you will find recommended reads, suggested links to support your child at home, reading events that are taking place in school and much much more!

 

What’s happening in school? 

 

 

Whole school text – Coming to England

 

Over the past few weeks, we have been inspired by Baroness Floella Benjamin and her story ‘Coming to England.’

Our children have produced some fantastic written work based around her life and have reflected on the 'journey' her family made on 'Coming to England'. She has written 2 beautiful books (see above). Please do ask your children all about their learning around this inspiring text.

 

A story about the triumph of hope, love, and determination, Coming to England is the inspiring true story of Baroness Floella Benjamin: from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. When she was ten years old, Floella Benjamin, along with her older sister and two younger brothers, set sail from Trinidad to London, to be reunited with the rest of their family. Alone on a huge ship for two weeks, then tumbled into a cold and unfriendly London.

 

Coming to England is both deeply personal and universally relevant – Floella’s experiences of moving home and making friends will resonate with young children, who will be inspired by her trademark optimism and joy. at all what Floella had expected.

For younger readers…and me! A delightful Picture book, I even bought a copy myself!

 

Chapter book: For older readers in KS2 and confident Y2 readers!

Picture book: For KS1 and EYFS

 

Reading question prompts displayed in all classrooms

 

Each week, every class will pose a reading question to prompt thought and discussion about reading. Throughout the week the children get a chance to respond to the question and discuss it with their classmates. It’s a great way to encourage ‘book talk.’ Admirals were asked ‘If you could turn any book into a film, what would it be and why?’ Why not ask your child what reading question they have this week and discuss it!

 

 

Miss Pott’s recommended reads

 

I have carefully selected these books to represent diversity and inclusivity. We want every child in our school to feel that they, their families, and their peers are represented in texts. How great would it be if we could all pick up a book, read it and say: ‘That’s me!’

 

EYFS

 

This book just begs to be picked up.... Purely magical. Perfect for exploring together at bedtime or for children to browse independently, a gorgeous invitation for children of all backgrounds, and especially for black girls, to learn about black women who were pioneers.

 

KS1:

 

Encourages us to treat everyone with a little more tolerance and kindness, however they may look Ideal for younger readers. Perfect for helping them understand differences.

 

Lower KS2:

When Alfie goes to Airport Lost Property, he finds more than he bargained for. A lot more. Because there's a giant robot called Eric hidden away on the shelves. Eric has lost one leg and half his memory. A strong message of healing and supporting others when they may need your support.

 

Upper KS2:

 

40 neurologically and physically diverse people that broke stereotypes. The world is full of people who are a little different. Our uniqueness makes us who we are. We are all 'different; not less'.

This is a collection of the true stories of 40 inspirational figures from around the world, all of whom are physically or neurologically diverse. Each story includes struggles and triumphs, a motivational quote and information on each condition.

 

 

Miss Pott’s top tips for Growing a Love of Reading 

 

  1. Find a calm spot where your child feels comfortable
  2. Why not be brave and read somewhere a little different once in a while. Somewhere unusual is sometimes fun – what about in the bath or up the stairs.
  3. Reading shouldn’t just be reserved for bedtime. Some books are perfect for winding down at bedtime but what about all those wonderful books just crying out for silly voices and actions or those books that offer the opportunity for really good discussion or debate? Growing a love of reading takes more than quickly reading a book at bedtime. Create an environment where reading is encouraged at any time of the day –what about introducing DEAR - Drop Everything And Read - to do just that.
  4. Embrace reading books over and over again, this will give your children a powerful advantage in learning how language works!
  5. Read to the dog! And no we're not barking suggesting to your child that sometimes, they might want to read to your pet perhaps seems a little odd but the reality is that a dog, cat, hamster or even a favourite stuffed toy, never judges. Fear of making a mistake or not being quite good enough often holds a child back when they are asked to read aloud, but, if they are confident their audience won’t critique their performance, they might be more willing to give it a go.
  6. Why not try this model to support your child with reading.

 

 

Monthly Top Picks

It's easy to feel lost in the flood of so many new children's books available. Each month, I will pick five of our recently published favourites.

 

 

 

 

TOP NOTCH NON-FICTION

It's time to celebrate all things factual with my selection of recommended children's non-fiction books for readers that have a passion for information and knowledge. I’ve picked three non-fiction books filled with interesting facts and strong visual elements to keep readers engaged, informed and entertained.

 

 

The Big Book of the Blue: Yuval Zommer (The Big Book series)

Why do octopuses have eight arms?
Why do crabs run sideways?
Are jellyfish made of jelly?

Yuval Zommer’s beautiful new book provides the answers to these and many more fishy questions. His wonderfully quirky illustrations show off all kinds of slippery, shimmery and surprising sea creatures, including sea turtles, whales, sharks, rays and seahorses. Chatty, funny and full of amazing facts, it will be devoured by children eager to find out about the most exciting creatures from the deep blue.

 

 

Help your little ones to put their worries aside following COVID-19 and Meet the Microbes!
With fun, playful text by expert Dr Emily Grossman and bright, characterful illustrations help your kids to discover just how vital microbes are to life on earth. These tiny organisms - that can only be seen under a microscope - are absolutely EVERYWHERE. In fact, they're even living inside our bodies, travelling through outer space and swimming in the world's seas. And while some microbes can make us sick, many of them actually keep us well, and even help to keep our planet happy and healthy.

 

 

This book by Georgina Stevens is about changing the world for the better.

It’s about how we all have the power to make a real difference.

And it’s also about the many incredible young people, just like you, who are already taking action at a time when change is most needed.

 

Informative websites

Take a look at the lifting limits website, here they have some fantastic recommended reads for all age groups that lift the limits on stereotypes and encourage inclusivity.

 

https://www.liftinglimits.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Book-list-age-7-11.pdf

 

Parent Zone

For all parents

Want some handy hints on how best to support your child with reading at home? Click on the link that will redirect you to the video

 

https://www.margaretwix.herts.sch.uk/english/

 

For Parents of children in EYFS and Year 1

Have a look at the support page from our Phonics programme. Here you will see some supportive videos on how to pronounce the sounds your children are learning at school.

 

https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

 

'Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.' 

Let's continue to ‘Grow a Love of Reading’ together!

Miss Pott

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