St Mary’s School Library Heroes

Following the letters sent out in October, we would like to thank two Library Heroes.

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Vector Resourcing Ltd made a fabulous donation that will buy many books for our Library update and thanks go to them and their Operations Director, Genna

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Rebecca from Busy Bees Cleaning Company has set up a standing order to be paid every month towards new books for the school

East Hoathly School Library Heroes

Huge thanks to the following companies who have sponsored our new school library. Without them, we would not have been able to purchase so many wonderful new books.

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Bartholomew Electrical Contractors

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Lewis Business Media

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St James Lettings Ltd

Recommended Reads 25 September 2020

Hugo recommends Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey.

It is really funny! There is a fliporama in the book which makes the images look like they move.

Eric recommends Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers.

I heard Dermot O'Leary doing a "book interview" with a nine-year old girl about this book. She was fascinated by its mystery, Demelza's inventing skills (to include a machine hand that would write out her homework), it being partly a ghost store, but mainly, because she liked Demelza's character. I am about halfway through it and am thoroughly enjoying it!

Recommended for 9+.

Recommended Reads 17 January 2020

Jasmine recommends Wave Me Goodbye by Else Jacqueline Wilson.

It's such a good book. The illustrations are amazing. I love reading this book & it's all about evacuees and how this group of young children are looking around a small village for somewhere to stay.

Recommended for 11+.

Recommended Reads 10 January 2020

Juliet recommends Little Bear's Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik.

This may be an old book (now out of print?) but it is a beautiful story about friendship, perfect for emerging readers. It has lovely illustrations by Maurice Sendak, simple vocabulary and sentence structures, and is broken into shorter chapters, so is not too daunting. There are other stories in the series, but this is my favourite!

Recommended for Under 4's.

We Love Reading!

It is our aim to ensure that each pupil is able to develop as an effective reader by:

  • Becoming confident, independent readers who understand that books of all kinds are a source of pleasure, information and new insights.
  • Feeling at home in the world of books and literature as attentive listeners and reflective readers.
  • Reading and responding to a wide variety of stories, novels, poems, plays, nonfiction and media texts.

We also aim for children to:

  • Achieve a reading ability at least comparable with their chronological age.
  • Achieving fluency, accuracy and understanding with their reading.
  • Enjoy, and have experience of, a wide variety of texts, including those of their own and other cultures.

The Pioneer Federation has a rigorous whole school approach to the teaching of phonics through daily teaching sessions and ongoing assessment. All children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will be taught phonic skills through a range of teaching methods. The Letters and Sounds framework and Jolly Phonics letter sounds and actions are used alongside a wealth of games and activities. The content of the ‘Phonics Play’ planners are used as a basis for teachers’ planning for each new sound, alongside thorough ongoing assessment. Online learning tools are also utilised in phonics sessions; Discovery Espresso Phonics clips, games and activities alongside many others. ‘ Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes. The dedicated daily phonics lessons follow a thorough programme to ensure the rapid learning of skills.

At school, we believe that reading should be enjoyed by everybody and that children (and adults) should have opportunities to lose themselves in a great book. In order to expand our reading experiences, we are asking staff, children, parents and friends of the school to send in 'recommended reads' for us to explore. We would like to know the following information:

  • the name of the book
  • the author (and illustrator if applicable)
  • recommended age group
  • why you recommend the book

If you'd like to use this template, please do! Please send your recommendations to the school office and we will share one or two each week in the newsletter. These will then go onto our school website so that you can look back at all the recommendations. Each term, we will then purchase some of the recommended reads for the school library!

To get us started, here is a map (like the London Underground) to help you to think of alternative texts and authors that you and your child might like to explore. The map shows a popular author on each line, along each line are lots of examples of similar-style texts that are likely to appeal to readers of that author.

We look forward to hearing all about the books you have been enjoying!

Reading Strategies