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This year we are having a big focus on reading at Heronswood.  Reading is very important part of life and school life for all of our children.

 

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, have increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures and the world.

 

Over the last few weeks the children at Heronswood have been busily collecting sponsors ready for their sponsored reading event.  This year we wanted to encourage all of our children from YR up to Year 6 to challenge themselves and read for an allocated amount of time.  Our oldest children had to read for a full hour!!  Our Y1/2 HM class met up with Y5/6 TM to share their favourite books and they had the opportunity to read to each other.  In Reception the children shared their favourite books with their friends and the teaching assistants read their favourite books to all of the children.

During the day Mrs Brunt, our Executive Head Teacher, read one of her favourite books to every single class. There was a real buzz around school as all the children enjoyed themselves, reading books and sharing stories.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary.  This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.  It’s important for them to understand how stories work as well.  Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

We are delighted by the amount of support we have received from all our families and friends and have been totally blown away by the staggering amount of money which has been raised on this occasion.  In totally £1438.00 has been collected.  A huge thank you to everyone.