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Reading for Pleasure


Throughout the school, St Oswald's aims to promote a love of reading at every age and at various points throughout the day, from Breakfast Club, during lessons, passing the time at lunch to enjoying quiet reading time in our school library.  We know that many of our children take their love of reading home; it's always great to hear how our families have enjoyed books together.  


A love of reading is promoted in many ways: from assemblies and visitors, book swaps and reading events throughout the year.  Each class has their very own pupil elected 'Reading Experts' who aim to promote reading for pleasure in each class as well as introducing children to new books.  Reading experts encourage book talk within their classes and are responsible for ensuring that books which the pupils want are purchased for the school library.  Our reading experts have worked hard to ensure children have access to a larger range of books, working with subject leaders across the curriculum to promote reading in all subjects.  They are always on the look out for new ways to engage readers.  

Class Novels


Class novels are a great way to expose children to different genres of texts with different levels of complexity and of course new authors.  Reading time at St Oswald's is precious and we value the opportunity to share books with the children.  



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St Oswald's was lucky to have a visit from award winning poet Matt Goodfellow and what a fantastic day it was.  Matt filled the school with his amazing poems including Caterpillar Cake, Playing Hide and Seek, I'm a Special Kind of Badger and Ways to Raise Money for Charity (or at least attempt to).  There were poetry performances and writing workshops in each of the classes reminding each of us that we can be poets too.   Before Matt left, our reading experts convinced him to sign copies of his poetry books for our class libraries.  We can't wait to see Matt again soon. 

Which of Matt's books are your favourite?

Author Workshops


Our aim is to introduce children to a range of authors and what better way to do this than to join them for an author workshop. 


Class 6 and 7 joined Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear, to find out about her exciting new book Finding Bear.  

National Poetry Day


St Oswald's celebrated their love of poems on National Poetry Day.  There were poetry performances, poet led workshops with Paul Cookson, poetry writing and even a poetry world cup.  A fantastic day was had by all and a huge thank you goes to our reading experts who have created the perfect poetry book display showcasing the many books we can choose from in school.  

World Book Day


It was all about the books on World Book Day as children arrived as their favourite book characters and the school was filled with 101 dalmatians and a rather angry looking Cruella De Ville (aka Mrs Kippax!).  Some very exciting post and Tweets arrived from various authors and children were treated to hot chocolate as they shared their favourite books and discussed how they would be spending their World Book Day tokens.  A huge thank you goes to Heath Books who ensured each of our children were able to take home a World Book Day book of their choices as well as their voucher.  How did you spend yours?