A Year of Reading
It has been another busy year of books, and reading for pleasure, at Notre Dame. In March World Book Day was a fantastic opportunity for staff and pupils to dress up as their favourite book characters, and events took place all week for the children to join in with the fun and excitement. We had wonderful author visits from Clara Vulliamy of the Dotty Detectives series, and the excellent Abi Elphinstone who took the children on a tour of her exciting new best-seller Rumblestar. Our Book Fairs have been well supported, and the children enjoyed browsing through the bookcases, to choose their favourites. As a result, many new books have been added to the Library shelves.
Summer Reading Challenge - Summer Reading Bingo!
Now that the summer break is nearly here, it’s time to turn to our Summer Reading Bingo Challenge! It is well-known that reading skills and confidence can dip over the next few weeks, commonly known as the ‘summer slide’, and this is a good way for children to practise their reading skills so that they are well-prepared for the autumn term. Embedding a love of reading in children has been shown to help their well-being later in life, and reading for pleasure is more important to children’s academic success than their parents’ level of education or socio-economic level. (readingagency.org.uk/impact/002-reading-facts-1/)
The Summer Reading Bingo card is designed for children of all ages, and there will be prizes for completed cards. Younger children will get a prize for completing one line, across, down or diagonal, if completing the whole card is too daunting. All they have to do is bring the Bingo card, filled in with details of each square completed, back to the Library in September. Good luck!
Chatterbooks: Space Chase 2019
This week in Chatterbooks Club the girls looked at the UK’s biggest free reading event, run by the charity the Reading Agency, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2019: Space Chase; an out-of-this-world adventure which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Run for children aged 4 to 11, the aim of the Challenge is to encourage children to read any six books of their choice from their local library over the summer holidays. Anyone can take part and Space Chase begins in local libraries on Saturday 13th July.
To take part:
Sign up for the Challenge at your local library
Your child is given a special mission folder to keep a record of their reading
Read at least six library books and collect stickers and rewards
They receive a certificate when they finish
It’s fun and totally free!
In Chatterbooks Club the girls started to set up their own profiles, with a personal log-in, so that they can post book reviews on the Space Chase website. This will help others choose the books they want to read for the challenge, over the summer holidays. Further information at: www.spacechase.org.uk
If your child hasn’t made their profile yet, this is a link to the website.
If your child is vision impaired, or finds printed books tricky, your local library may be able to help and the RNIB Library can be used for the Summer Reading Challenge too.
Congratulations to the following girls who received Bookworm Awards today at the final assembly of the year. We are very pleased to recognise great progress in their reading and wonderful enthusiasm for books. Very well done girls!
Year 3 – Alexandra B; Natasha M;
Year 4 – Phoebe J; Evelyn R;
Year 5 – Charley W; Molly H.
Year 6 were awarded their Bookworm Awards during their Ceremony of Achievement.
Library Prefect Awards
These Year 6 girls have shown great enjoyment in both reading and choosing books, and have enthusiastically recommended particular novels or certain authors to their friends. They have helped with the library, tidying shelves and helping the younger children to find the right book. Thank you for all your help. Congratulations!
Grace G; Ruby E; Gabby P; Emily W; Taylor K; Rebecca H; Ava A.
Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Happy reading!