Our School Library
We believe in cultivating and embracing a reading rich culture. Headfield loves reading and is a ‘Reading School’ created through well-planned literature-centered activities and lessons. We aim for every child to ‘love’ reading, be engrossed by the journey a text takes one on, love learning new things from books and become a life-long reader. Developing the children of Headfield into readers is at the heart of our school curriculum, it is the number one focus throughout school, raising attainment in reading is our number one priority.
Our curriculum is based around high quality texts within each project, the root of learning. Staff build inviting book areas in classrooms, promote our school library, raise the profile of reading through a print rich environment, create attractive book displays and promote the written word. As well as whole school events we promote reader of the week and celebrate reading at home. All year, reading material is taken outside at lunch times. Children’s reading attainment and progress is rewarded in celebration assemblies and children are encouraged to enter school and national competitions.
Please click here for a suggested reading list.
All classes have ‘class read’ time on a daily basis, where the teacher/adult also reads to help promote a love of reading. At times, this will take the form of the class teacher reading to the children, whereas other times everybody in the class will read collectively. All year groups have a little library with a selection of non-fiction texts that can be accessed on a rotational basis.
Every class has two timetabled weekly sessions in our well-stocked Library, which is overseen by Mrs Costello. Alongside their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) text, the other books there will be a free choice reading book, which excites the child’s interest and provides opportunities for parents to read aloud to their children and may not be at the right reading level for the child. The opportunity to choose books independently will help to foster a love of books.
End of year reading expectations across Key Stage 2
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is based around a computer program that helps to develop children’s independent reading. It works in quite a simple way; a child picks a book at their own level, and when finished takes a short quiz of 5-10 questions on the computer. The quiz is a new feature of how we change books at school, but is a really important addition. If the child can answer the quiz questions about what they have read they are given a points value dependent on how many questions they answer correctly, which then tells the child's teacher that they have fully understood the content of the book. That point value is added to a child's individual profile and the class teacher tracks each child's progress. This is how children move up through the programme.
How does a child know which books to choose in Accelerated Reader?
Each child will be able to select a book from our library that falls within their Z.P.D (zone of proximal development). This reading band guides children towards choosing books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging yet not frustrating. The aim is for children to pass the quiz and be successful. In time, children will move up reading bands and read more challenging texts.
All of our books in school have been labelled and put into colour bands that will further help guide children in choosing a book. One of the best parts about using Accelerated Reader is that children can choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as children can choose books that are interesting to them. When your child brings home their reading book you will notice a white label on the inside cover. This states the reading level (ZPD) of the book, the quiz number and the number of points available for reading that book.
How can parents and carers support their children at home?
As a part of our reading programme we ask children to read at home to an adult for 20 minutes a day, fill in their reading diary and have it signed by a parent. According to Renaissance Learning’s research (who run Accelerated Reader), children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension success rate on the quizzes see the greatest gains. We would greatly appreciate your support in helping your child to do this, as ultimately the reading practise that your child gets outside of school contributes greatly towards them becoming a confident, successful reader.
It is essential that children bring their reading book back to school every day as they also read their books during reading time in class daily. Please support your child in this new routine, putting their book back in their school bag as soon as they have finished reading with you. We can’t stress enough the importance of it!
If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader, please do ask your child’s class teacher who will be happy to help.
Supporting your child read at home
Here are a suggested list of questions you may use when listening to your child read at home.
This short video from the Book Trust may offer further ideas when supporting your child read at home. Click here.
What is Libby?
Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card. These cards are free and are available at your local Library.
For further information click here.
Families can sign up to receive 4 free (including delivery) Lego life magazines annually. They are posted directly to the children's home address and are suitable for 5-9 year olds. The magazines include activities, comics and posters. For children older than 9, they also have a Lego App that can be downloaded. The next issue is out in November. Click here for the link to direct you to the website.
Winter Reading Challenge!
Taking part in a reading challenge is a great time to share and talk about books as a
family and to celebrate your child’s reading achievements. Sitting down with your own book, newspaper or magazine sets a good example to kids – they will copy you – and reading together can really encourage a love of stories.
Further details can be found: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
It's free to join!
Scholastic Book Fair is on its way to Headfield!
It will be open to families after school (3pm in the small hall via the Breakfast Club door) on:
Monday 26th February
Tuesday 27th February
Wednesday 28th February
Thursday 29th February
A huge range of books available for everyone so come along and see what you can find!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday 7th March 2024 celebrates World Book Day and there's an array of exciting activities planned for our enthusiastic learners. Watch this space!
Staff Reading Recommendations
Enjoy watching the video to discover some of the books the adults at Headfield have enjoyed reading: