Reading at Roby Park
This year Roby Park was awarded “The Reading Quality Mark” which reflected the quality of provision provided for our pupils.
Reading is positively promoted throughout our school community by the leadership and management team, staff’s interest and enthusiasm, reading events and opportunities throughout the year and engagement with the wider community.
Each classroom has an attractive welcoming library area, along with a whole school library area where pupils can share the joy of books. Pupils are encouraged to discuss and recommend preferences with their friends, through discussion, written book reviews and sharing views and opinions on the school Book Blog.
A range of reading materials are used within school and at home, which are book banded using a colour coding. Key schemes are Oxford Reading, Tree Rapid Read and the Letters and Sounds programme is used to teach phonics. This allows the children to make appropriate selections at the correct text level, ensuring, enjoyment, progress and challenge. Roby Park is in the development stages of assigning pupils on-line access to our latest reading resource “Bug Club”.
An ethos of “Everyone and Everywhere a Reader” is lived at our school with all adults sharing their reading choices and carrying out reading sessions with groups of pupils. Our “Books at Break” and “Book Swap” initiatives have been a great success, allowing all pupils to have daily access to books in school and at home. All year groups have a year group author ensuring pupils experience a varied diet of literature and literary styles during their time at Roby Park.
Every year Roby Park extends “World Book Day” into” World Book Week. All pupils get the opportunity to enter are book themed art and design competition, meet a range of authors and story tellers and go on trips and visits to promote the idea of reading for pleasure.
This year we launched a new after school club called “Chatter Books” where children chat about books and carry out fun activities with a reading focus.
As a school we work closely with our local libraries, Central Library, in Liverpool city centre, and are developing links with “The Story Barn” at Calderstones Park. Parents attend” Inspire” s sessions at school, often working on reading related activities alongside their children. Volunteer readers give their time on a weekly basis to enrich the reading experiences of our pupils.