Welcome to the Learning Lounge!
We have enjoyed looking at and reading lots of new books in the Learning Lounge this spring term.
Classes have been taking part in the Millionaires and Mini Millionaires Club and have made some incredible achievements!
World Book Day was a lot of fun with dressing up, a poetry competition and a 'Guess the Teacher' photo competition!
Well done and keep reading!
'Millionaires and Mini-Millionaires Club'
Starting this half term the Learning Lounge will be running a 'Millionaires and Mini Millionaires Club'! All the children have to do is read - as much as possible - and continue to complete the online AR quizzes! The club is based on the number of words read - the target to reach is one million words for Years 4, 5 and 6 and 100,000 words for other years.
Ultimately there will be a prize for all those who reach the target, as well as a little something for the class who have read the most words at the end of the academic year!
To celebrate National Poetry Day, which took place on Thursday 6th October, we invited children to take part in an 'Illustrate a Poem' competition. We received lots of interesting and creative entries - well done to all the children who took part!
After a really busy first term in our Learning Lounge, things are really starting to take shape!
We've enjoyed lots of lunchtime reading sessions with a variety of children and they particularly liked the range of Christmas challenges, which included word searches, anagrams to figure out and cross words too, in the lead up to Christmas.
Our 'Football Books Review Club' gave children (boys and girls) the chance to rate a football book by placing a ball on our goal!
Nursery and Reception class children are now enjoying weekly 'Keep the Beat' rhyme and music sessions (as simple rhymes and clapping songs can really help to build memory and help the children understand pace - both really important skills to develop reading). Alongside this they also visit for weekly 'Story Time' too and have been active participants as we read books like 'Nat Fantastic' and 'Where's My Teddy' ... perhaps you've heard them saying 'Eddy, Teddy, Freddie'?
Our Key Stage 2 children regularly use the Learning Lounge for small group focused study, or for bigger group reads. I've enjoyed finding out about the Amazon with them and researching books on Africa. With more fiction books already added this month and more to come in the next couple of weeks, it is a great time to come along and see what's on offer, choose a book or check out a fantastic 'Wimpy Kid' competition coming very soon! Watch this space.
Happy reading everyone!
As part of the 'Read For My School' challenge, we have set up an account for Whitton Primary School so that every pupil can visit www.readformyschool.co.uk and register. This will give them access to a whole host of fab FREE online books, to keep them entertained this half term.
There are also some national prizes for the schools who have the most regular readers and whilst we are a little behind in joining the competition, if our pupils all set themselves the challenge of reading four or more books this half term, who knows, we may have a shot! Just remember to remind your young reader to click the 'Declare Completed' button on the site, whenever they finish their book. They can also include books they have read offline too! The site should work on most mobile devices.
So that you can register, there will be a Classroom Pass Code coming home to you in the newsletter next week (the week before half term), which you will need to enter when you sign up as a pupil on Read For My School . If you have any problems at all, please take a look at the Read For My School document below, which should help you out if you get stuck with the joining process!
Happy half term reading!
We have some amazing new books in our Learning Lounge this term. Amelia has told me she particularly likes the Enid Blyton 'Mysteries' series and of course, our full collection of Rainbow Magic books has been very popular with the girls (They can pick up a record in the Learning Lounge, so that they can tick off each fairy as they read!)
David Walliams has proved to be a popular choice - Gangsta Granny, Awful Aunty and The First Hippo On The Moon are favourites and funny for adults too (so a more enjoyable read for parents to listen to!)
Pippi Longstocking and Friends is a new series addition, as is the Bear Grylls collection (as you can imagine, would-be adventurers have loved these books!) The picture books by Julia Donaldson have also been in demand - Squash and a Squeeze is one to read!
We'd still love to add more titles to our shelves though and we are so pleased ASDA have made our Learning Lounge one of their good causes this month!
If you are shopping please do pick up your green token and pop it in the Whitton Learning Lounge slot! As at 1st February we were in the lead but only just, so please keep popping in those coins!
Or an Olaf inspired snowman made of books that is!
Our winter display has encouraged readers to find out about penguins, polar bears, the arctic and weather!
We think he looks pretty smart too!