READING AT HOME
Books are such a joy. They can transport the reader to different parts of the world, fantasy lands and different times, past and in the future. Books can make you laugh and cry. They teach you how to deal with social situations and right from wrong. Non fiction helps children to sort out how the world works whether they want to discover the world of nature or learn about Kings and Queens.
It is school policy that every child should read to an adult at home every single day, with our very youngest children sharing picture books with you. It is so important that, towards the end of last year, we introduced a Rainbow Reading Award Scheme with children proudly accepting a certificate in assembly when they complete a colour.
Many of our families are dedicated to supporting their children in becoming the best reader they can possibly be, listening to them each day and signing the Reading Log. However, there are too many children who are not supported by their families and do not read regularly. If you find it difficult, make it part of your routine by keeping to the same time every evening e.g arrive home, have a glass of milk then read aloud. If your child forgets their book bag it is best to hear them from another book or comic and then sign a piece of paper. That will then count towards the Reading Rainbow Award Scheme.
Let's all make this the Seaburn Dene Year of Reading.
There were 23 wonderful entries for The Ivan Jones Amazing Poem Award. Today these entries are on their way to Shropshire for judging by Ivan then, the overall winner will be announced on National Poetry Day (Thursday 6th October). Congratulations to everyone who entered. The theme of a special present inspired poems that made me smile and poems that brought a tear to the eye. I don't envy Ivan's job as judge---I think he may have to enlist his family to help him to make a final decision.
On National Poetry Day we will also be holding the school's annual poetry recital competition. This is its third year so we are expecting more entries than ever. The poem to learn was in your child's Summer holiday reading pack but Mr. Howe has promised he will put them online too. Last year Sarah (now in Year 6) won but she had some very close competition. Get learning everyone and good luck.