Following the Parental Reading Survey responses that were collated in December 2016, find below how we at Wodensfield have acted upon your valuable feedback.
You suggested that we make it clear to the children that the teaching staff also enjoy reading in their own time.
As a result, we have implemented a door sign system, where the staff write down the title of the current book they are enjoying, as well as the author’s name. The children have already begun to notice these signs and staff are sharing why they are enjoying the text with their class.
Several parents/carers noted that their child enjoyed the Roald Dahl week and that they would like this to happen again. We agree that this was a success and we plan to have further author focus weeks in the future. These weeks not only encourage children to read, but also allow for some fantastic written work to be created.
It was suggested that a newspaper or magazine club would be a useful addition to the extra-curricular activities.
We are pleased to say that we already have a newspaper club that was introduced from September 2016, run by Miss Ingham and Mr Richards. We also have a fantastic Debate Club, which has been created by a small group of Year 6 children.
We also continue to invite parent helpers into school, to hear children read and ask questions about the text. This was mentioned on the survey feedback and we are pleased that this scheme is a success.
Parents/carers suggested that the children would benefit from new books being added to the corridor bookshelves and library.
We will be adding to the bookshelves following the next Book Fair during the Spring term, with some of the children helping staff select the books they would like to read.
You suggested that a Reading Buddy system should be put in place in order to help children who may not be able to be heard read at home, or who struggle with their reading.
We are delighted to say that the Reading Buddy system has been in place for many years at Wodensfield, with a selection of Year 6 children listening to children read from the Infants through to Year 4. All children will get a chance to help a younger child read through the Library Skills Social Group sessions in the upper juniors.
Feedback suggested that we could make more of our close proximity to Wednesfield Library.
As we were invited to be special guests when the library was first built, we agree and intend to create opportunities for our younger children to visit the library and view what it has to offer.
Star of the Week has been a great success since its implementation over a year ago. However, following your feedback, staff are now ensuring that Star of the Week certificates are given to children who have read well or improved their reading ability. Marvellous Me awards will continue to be given to those children who read at home each week.
The Scholastic Book Fair, which visits our school three times each year, will continue to offer our children a wide variety of age appropriate books that can be purchased during parents evening. It was mentioned via feedback that this is an important way of encouraging children to enjoy reading.