Love of Reading
At Shakespeare, we want every pupil to love reading; to be able to make informed choices about the books they select and develop a firm foundation for the next stages in their lives.
We have planned our reading curriculum so that we help every child to develop their love of reading, whether it is an early picture book, modern day favourite or classic children's novel.
Our Reading Team have developed a core reading spine that enables pupils to access an expansive range of books during 'reading for pleasure' sessions. Reading for pleasure sessions take place every day after lunch and pupils love being able to listen to their teacher read and follow along with their own book if they choose to.
Please browse our current reading spines. We would love to hear any recommendations that you have!
Early Years ‘Super 6’ Reading Spine
In the Early Years we have developed our ‘Super 6’ Reading Spine. Each term, six quality books have been selected which enable us to foster a love of reading during our planned story-times and continuous provision. Our children engage with stories, including traditional tales, rhymes, multi-cultural texts, non-fiction books and picture only books so that they can develop a rich range of vocabulary and comprehension skills. These books also enable us to support children’s understanding of the world around them, broadening their experiences, linked to our themes.
Our EYFS Super 6 Reading Spine
Accelerated Reader (AR) is computer program that helps teachers monitor and manage children's independent reading practice. Children choose books at their own level, read them at their own pace and then, when finished, quiz on the book. Feedback provided by the quiz allows the children and their teacher to select new books which perfectly match their reading ability ensuring all children make good progress in their reading throughout the school.
Renaissance Home Connect
You can be involved with your child's progress through Renaissance Home Connect.
By joining Home Connect your can:
- view all books your child has read and quizzes they have taken
- Access the online search tool - AR Book Finder - to search for suitable new books to read
- Receive emails that will show you the results of reading quizzes
Scan the QR code to take you to the Home Connect Website or follow the link
You need to use the same and log in and password that your child uses in school. If your child has forgotten this, please contact the class teacher.
Each week, one pupil in each class will be selected as a star reader for completing the most quizzes with 85% of questions answered accurately. They will receive a certificate.
Children who read regularly and pass their quizzes, also have the opportunity to become word millionaires by reading one million words. They will join our wall of fame and receive a prize. Who will be our first millionaire?