Assembly

This week’s whole school assembly focussed on why we care so much about reading. We have had a large rise in the number of times that our children are reading each week since January, largely due to a large investment from the PTA in our Reading Bingo initiative, and wanted to explain why reading is so powerful. Here¬†are our top 5 reasons:

  1. Reading boosts memory and reduces stress.
  2. Reading improves concentration and gives us better focus.
  3. You get to access new knowledge when you read and become smarter.
  4. Reading allows us to improve our vocabulary so that we can express ourselves more effectively.
  5. Reading gives you superpowers – no one else will imagine the story in the same way as you!

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Reading Bingo!

We have now launched our QPA Reading Bingo challenge. Pupils have to read one book from every category to win a special prize:

  • Classics
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Action and Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry

Pupils in Years 3 and 5 have hundreds of new books in their year groups to enjoy. Years 4 and 6 will be visiting the library to select their choices in order to complete their cards. We are hugely grateful to the PTA for their huge donations towards this scheme – the buzz about reading at QPA is electrifying!

Narrative writing

There has been some amazing narrative writing in Year 4 this week. Here is an example of the opening to one story from 4P:

In the middle of her wrinkly face, that was covered in plenty of warts, was a pair of unblinking eyes scanning Kacey as she trembled across the room holding steadily a saucer, spoon and the delicate china cup filled with pure sugared tea. In the upper right corner of the room, next to the slightly opened window, which had beige curtains, was grumpy Grandma slouched in her chair, her back arched and an angry expression on her face.