Photos from our Reading Assembly to Parents

Home Reading Books

In summer term a questionnaire was conducted with parents, children and staff about reading at Stockwell. These results found that our children love to read and are really invested in the reading race programme. However, a lot of feedback we received told us that parents and children would like reading books to be sent home. So, this September reading books and reading journals are now coming home across the school.

The children need to bring these books back into school every day so they can receive their reading race points, parents need to sign the journal to inform the class teacher when their child has read and if the book needs changing. We ask that children read at least 4 times a week. Since rolling this out the pupils have amped up their love of reading even further and as a school we can't wait for this to develop even more.

Interesting Facts

  • People who read often have been shown to feel happier about life.
  • If I read for 20 minutes a day at home I will hear 1.8 million words a year.
  • Did you know that reading is magic? Reading books for at least 30 minutes a week can make us healthier!
  • When we are stressed or upset, reading can help us to relax and take our mind off things.
  • It has been shown that children's love of reading decreases as they get older - and this is something we want to change!
  • Reading doesn't just help us in our Literacy work - it helps us to understand new things a lot faster and remember much more information.
  • Children who read with a family member at least three times a week are much more likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading.
  • Reading books also improves our confidence and helps us to make life choices.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what's printed on the page.  Through hearing stories we are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps to build our own vocabulary and inprove our understanding when we listen, which is vital as we start to read. It's important for us to understand how stories work too. Even if we don't understand every word we'll hear new sounds, words and phrases which we can then try out, copying what we have heard.

As we start to learn to read at school you can play an important role in helping to keep us interested in books. Find out what interests us, help us to find books that will be engaging and fun and spend time reading the books we are given on Bug Club.

As people begin to pick up an xbox controller over a book, we think it is important to remind the worl of the importance of reading.


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I Opened a Book

By Julia Donaldson

I opened a book and in I strode,

Now nobody can find me.

I've left my chair, my house, my road,

My town and my world behind me.


I'm wearing the cloak, I've slipped on the ring,

I've swallowed the magic potion.

I've fought with a dragon, dined with a king

And dived in a bottomless ocean.


I opened a book and made some friends.

I shared their tears and laughter

And followed their road with it's bumps and bends

To the happily ever after.


I finished my book and out I came.

The cloak can no longer hide me.

My chair and my house are just the same,

But I have a book inside me.

Prizes for Reading

These are the types of prizes you can earn -

  • Slime
  • Stretchy bulls
  • Pencil cases
  • Slinkies
  • Make your own slime
  • Whistles
  • Disney characters
  • Jigsaws
  • Sharpeners
  • Sticky man
  • Books

To get the prizes you have to earn points by reading at home, school or anywhere but a teacher or parent has to see you read. When you read at home your parent has to put it on Seesaw or Bug Club.

If you save your points over the half term you can get a bigger prize.