Reading at Gade Valley
At Gade Valley Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is vital for success and that for pupils to achieve in reading, they need to have an embedded love of reading. We have many initiatives in place to help engage and encourage our pupils.
At Gade Valley, we encourage the children to read at home at least five times a week. When the children have read five times, there are given a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket, which is then put into an exciting weekly draw. The EYFS/KS1 and KS2 winners are announced during our weekly sharing assembly and are presented with a delicious Wonka Bar by none other than Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas!
Reading at home is rewarded with special stamps in Reading Records and Planners, as well as certificates and badges. The pupils can earn the following rewards:
Once upon a time
Pupils at Gade Valley end each day with a 15-20 minute ‘Once upon a time’ reading session in which the teachers model reading for pleasure using a high quality text. These sessions help create a calm learning environment which is conducive to reading for enjoyment.
Whole school events
To celebrate books and reading, we organise many events throughout the school year. Some of these events include Roald Dahl Day, Book Week, World Book Day, Storytelling Week, drama workshops led by external companies, author visits and an annual summer holiday reading competition. We organise regular Buddy Reading sessions where classes are paired up from across the school to read together. In addition to this, we have surprise Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) sessions, which are announced by our Year 6 School Ambassadors playing musical instruments around the school. Every year, the school enjoys a visit from the Scholastic Book Fair, which provides pupils with opportunities to discover new authors. We have links with our local library in Hemel Hempstead and arrange for the children to visit the library, as well as the library team visiting our school to lead assemblies.