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We Love Reading!

Here at Horfield we love nothing more than reading, we will read anything! Lucky for us our school is packed with some of the best books around so there is always something good to enjoy.

We start the year with the Horfield Book Awards linked to our whole school theme which this year is 'Journeys'.

In our classes  we share 14 picture books and then we vote for the best one. We celebrate this in a special book awards ceremony.

We commit to purchasing the UKLA awards shortlist every year so we have a fresh supply of high quality books that we know the children will enjoy. We have visits from authors every year to inspire us and we often have the opportunity to share with others what we have enjoyed reading.

As soon as we arrive at Horfield we start our reading journey one of the very first things we do is come for a story time as part of our getting to know you sessions. Then from our very first day we start learning phonics we sing, we learn rhymes and we hear a story read aloud every day. Home reading is encouraged and we take home both decodable books and story books to share. As we get better at reading we become more independent and are able to chose to read as part of our continuous provision.

As we go up through the school we continue to learn phonics until we are fluent readers. In our classes we our read to everyday by the adults who share their love of books with us. There are plenty of high-quality books for us to read both in school and at home. 

We have a very well-stocked library and every class has weekly library sessions to learn how to use the library and to enjoy a range of fiction and non-fiction books.

This year we have started our monthly book swaps where children can bring used books and swap it for a new one, this also helps us to ensure that all children have a supply of high quality books at home.

We are very excited that we are about to open our outdoor reading cabin so we can even continue reading at playtime. The suitcase libraries mean that there is a wide selection of books for us to choose from.


Reading at Home

We really value the help and support we get from parents with reading at home, we have produced a short guide to help parents and children get the most out of home reading sessions.