Class Act in Reading
Staff at St David's Church of England Primary School in Moreton are passionate about bringing their pupils' learning out of the classroom and into the community, whenever possible. Children at St David's are avid readers. This comes from a great deal of encouragement and exposure to all kinds of reading and story telling from the very earliest days in school. Now children from St David's have the chance to enjoy story telling in Books Yule Love, the local bookshop in Moreton that is only a very short walk away from the school. Mrs Baxter, the literacy coordinator at St David's, sees it as vital that children see the topics they are studying in school as part of the everyday environment all around them.
The current topic in the infants is all about the Moon, Space and Aliens. As part of this, children from three different classes got to listen to Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. The reading sparked lots of interest and questions about alines and space and all the different kinds of books that cover these subjects. The depth of engagement and quality of attention shown by the children through the reading and discussion session was simply out of this world!
St David's is working with other schools in the area to develop a real community of reading among primary children in the North Cotswolds. The aim is for children to be able to share their passion for reading with others through a regular series of reading events through the school year. If this succeeds, St David's hopes that other schools in other parts of the country may be interested to benefit from their experiments in bringing the classroom into the community across every part of the curriculum.
Richard Kemp - Books Yule Love