We believe that literature and reading should be at the heart of the English curriculum. The use of engaging and challenging texts allows pupils to develop a love for literature, and through reading pupils learn how to write and apply spelling, punctuation and grammar conventions. Within lessons our teachers manage to blend the teaching of skills such as phonics, spelling and vocabulary with an immersion into literature. Higher order reading skills, such as inference, deduction and critical thinking, are also explicitly taught.
In addition to promoting reading and high quality books through our English curriculum we organise events throughout the school year. This includes our highly popular annual book fair, World Book Day, author visits and regular reading competitions such as Book Bingo and the Summer Reading Challenge.
Here at HBJS we are very excited to be using Accelerated Reader (AR) in our school; this was launched in September 2017. The AR system allows children to choose books from a level which is just right for them. Children read a book from within their reading range and then complete a quiz on an iPad about the book they have just read. All results are stored electronically and are used to inform movements in the children’s reading ranges. Children who achieve 3 x 100% scores (not necessarily consecutively) will have their reading range increased.
We are very pleased with the opportunities this new system provides and it has certainly brought a spark of life back into our reading, especially with so many fantastic new titles to choose from!
Each week classes compete for the highly sought after Rocking Readers trophy and termly awards and prizes are also given to celebrate the successes of the children.
Alexander the Meerkat
Alongside our Rocking Readers trophy, we also have a very prestigious character in our midst! Alexander the famous Meerkat drops in each week to the class with the least number of overdue library books.