Reading Challenge record
At Duke Street we encourage a love of reading and aim to provide the children with many opportunities to read. We encourage the children to read at home both independently and with a parent/carer and we have reward systems in place at school to encourage this.
During Summer 2021, our school library had a makeover to create a calm and relaxing environment for the children and adults of Duke Street to come and enjoy a book. We also held a competition for the children to draw the front cover for their favourite book. All entries are proudly displayed on the wall in the library or inside the folder of book recommendations.
Each class has a weekly slot to visit the school library. During this time, children can browse in the library, read to themselves and read with an adult. The children can also use our ‘Reading Cloud’ system to borrow a book to take back to class. The children are able to select a book from a wide range of fiction or non-fiction texts to enjoy during ERIC (everyone reads in class) time in class.
Our ‘100 Book Reading Challenge’ encourages our children to read 100 books during their time at Duke Street! We hope that this will continue to inspire the children to read and enjoy books!
We have developed good links with Chorley Library and encourage the children to visit the library on a regular basis. To celebrate Book Week 2022, each class had the opportunity to join and visit the library to borrow books and learn what services the library has to offer. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and we hope to visit Chorley Library again soon.
Prior to Covid, Duke Street has held ‘Bog eyed Jogs’. The money raised from these has been used to fund many features of our library, including an electronic system, a reading shed and new books. We have also been able to fund story sacks for our new Reception children from funds raised. We are hoping to host another ‘Bog eyed Jog’ again soon!
Another way in which we promote a love of reading throughout our school is through our ‘Book Bear’ in Eyfs & Ks1 and our ‘Mystery Book’ in Ks2. Every Friday, in each class a different child is selected to take the book home to enjoy over the weekend.
In 2022, we have been really fortunate to have been visited by two authors. Mark Sanders visited us with his dog Cookie who features in his stories. Poet, Paul Cookson also visited school and made us all laugh when he performed some of his poems to the whole school.
At Duke Street, we also hold book sales during the school year giving the children and parents/carers the opportunity to buy and swap books. Our next ‘Bring, Buy & Swap’ event is on Thursday 31st March 2022!