Part of my role in school is to champion reading at St Teresa's. I am a very keen reader, particularly of children's books- a habit formed before I had even started school. As a young child, I would spend hours lost in the exciting pages of a book, transported to different lands and times. I was hungry for adventures and friendships lived out through memorable characters. I used to pretend that I was Anne Shirley, the protagonist of the Anne of Green Gables stories, and imagined myself a writer just as the heroine did.
Through the pages of books, I was an explorer, discoverer, villain, hero, princess, pirate..... I gobbled up words like a ravenous ogre; I created paintings in my mind, like an artist on a canvas, using the vivid descriptions from books. The stories I read and the characters I met fuelled my imagination and filled my mind with knowledge - such was the power of reading. This page is to share my passion for reading and to invite you to share yours too. The page will have a section for our Reading Ambassadors, lots of support and information about Accelerated Reader in KS2 and our school library, Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Schools Programme, Book recommendations and lots of book talk plus details of initiatives, offers and competitions.
Hope you enjoy this page,
Reading is one of the most important skills we learn. Understanding what we read is a core skill for everything else we do into adulthood. That is why we, at St Teresa's, want to champion reading. Click the link below to read more, including the value of reading for 20 minutes a day, dads reading with their children and other valuable insights.
Here are my latest recommendations across the age groups. Click on the star to see my choices for your age group.
The link that follows is our Amazon wish list of books that we would like for our classrooms and library. This list is updated regularly. We are particularly keen to acquire books to fill the gaps in our Accelerated Reader book rages - particularly books at the lower end and higher end which are under-resourced. In time, the list will be reorganised into key stages. Books donated through our Amazon Wish list will be sent directly to the school with details of who has donated the book.
The library is looked after by Mrs Griffith, ably assisted by Year 6 librarians. We operate the library like a public library using the Dewey classification system for non fiction and numerical order now, for fiction, based on Accelerated bandings.
Since taking on responsibility for the library, we have pruned our non-fiction and reference stock to ensure that what we have on the shelves is up to date and relevant. We have also invested £1000 in new fiction, much appreciated by the children. A shelf of more challenging books for mature readers in Years 5 & 6 has been established. These books are rich in vocabulary and challenging in content. We want our most gifted readers to find books that might ordinarily not be available.
A slight reorganisation in the library, including an extra bookcase has enabled us to display our new books in a way that is appealing to our young people. An audio library has also been developed. Our overall ambition is to digitise our library so that we can monitor stock more closely and scan books in and out more efficiently. Just before school closed for the summer break, a busy staff and volunteer team labelled all our KS2 books ready for September when Accelerated Reader is rolled out for Years 4,5 and 6.
Mrs Griffith opens the library at lunchtime twice a week for quiet reading and Year 6 librarians have another lunchtime to tidy shelves, label and repair books.
We are children from each class chosen to be Reading Ambassadors because we love reading. We launched the new library stock last year and ran the "Guess Who? teachers with books" competition last Christmas. This year, we hope to make a bigger impact.
This page is to discuss themes in books or to share gossip about new releases.
Check out this page for details of book-based competitions, reading challenges, public library events and special book-related offers.
In September 2019, St Teresa’s began a new project as an Associate School with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury. We are very excited to be involved. As a school, our 10:10 aspirations, include the opportunity for children to perform and be in a production. I was lucky enough to receive some amazing training both in the Marlowe Theatre but also in Stratford-upon- Avon, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, working with directors and actors to learn skills to bring back and share in the classroom.
Our drama club is for years 5 & 6 and runs at capacity. Using all the techniques learned, the children are exploring Shakespeare. Latterly, the children were to eagerly participate in an open-air festival We were to perform from Macbeth and we were looking at creative ways to perform collectively. The RSC had lead a music workshop in school to help us develop our own soundscape to use in our festival performance. Sadly, the pandemic has curtailed that opportunity for this year but we look forward to new opportunities in the next academic year.
If you'd like to tell me about a book you have been reading to share on this page, or you want to ask me a question about books or anything else raised on these pages, then please send me a message here.