International School Library Month Across The White Horse Federation
Perhaps the most important academic skill our pupils and students can develop is reading. Reading helps them in every aspect of school life, and reading for pleasure is also an enriching and life changing hobby.
This year, we’re placing an emphasis on reading and the development of literacy skills at home. As part of this drive, we’ve seen some fantastic activities taking place across The White Horse Federation schools for International School Library Month during October!
The month was particularly special for St Mary & All Saints Primary School in Reading after they opened their new and refurbished library at the start of the school year. At their grand opening, the school also became a member of the National Literacy Trust, gaining access to cutting edge literacy teaching training, and a huge range of books for their new library.
At The Croft, the school community had something really special to celebrate after pupil Molly Copestake had her book Mr Pippety Poppety’s Birthday published! Molly said that she was inspired by her grandfather reading stories to her at home, a fantastic example of how important reading at home can be!
At Devizes School, students and staff used their library space to host live poetry readings on National Poetry Day.
Reading for pleasure can be beneficial for mindfulness, and it was great to see all students and staff at Devizes taking 10 minutes to read independently at 10:15am on World Mental Health Day, 8th October.
October was also Black History Month in the UK, and librarians organised displays of books by black authors, and pupils made poetry in class based on the topic, like this wonderful example from Rodbourne Cheney.
Recently, parents and the wider community have also done a lot to support school libraries. At Gagle Brook, for example, parents helped raise over £400 of books through their virtual book fair. In the past few years at Moredon Primary School & Nursery, members of the Swindon community provided over 2,800 books for Nursery to Year 6 readers!
After over a year of remote and blended learning, it’s more important than ever to make sure every pupil and student is developing their reading skills.
Reading at the school library is important but learning a love of stories and the written word starts at home. We’d like to encourage every parent, especially with children at primary level, to take time each week to read with their children regularly.
If you’d like some help sourcing books to read with your child, remember that you can always talk to your child’s teacher.