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At Rudston, we LOVE reading!

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At Rudston Primary School, we are proud to hold the GOLD Reading Quality Mark.

As you will know, we all love reading at Rudston! Mrs Jones and Miss Kinsey-Jones accompanied some of our Rudston reading advocates to the award ceremony at Liverpool Central library where we received the award from Councillor Lana Orr.

 Check out what reading activities we’ve been doing in school recently! 

Our Families love…

Helping us all to create Story Word boxes.

Look at some of the fabulous Story boxes we have made at home.

We held a celebration in the school to share our boxes with our families.

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We have been starting the day with Breakfast with Books, sharing food, books and recommendations for great books to read together as a a family.

Looking for ideas for new books to share as a family?

Take a look at this booklet from Book Trust  Best Book Guide!

Reading Advocates’ Favourite Books

World Book Day

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Donate a Book Appeal

Thank you so much to all our families who donated books to gift to children across the city of Liverpool.

Mrs Mitchell, Mrs King, Mrs Arrowsmith accompanied a group of children to deliver the books to Childwall library collection point.

They filled the donation bin and even had time for a read together!

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Reading Tips for parents

Bestselling author Jeremy Strong on reading with your children

My first tip is to keep helping your child learn to read quite separate from reading for pleasure.
Eventually the two will become one of their own accord as your child becomes a more confident
reader and the great thing about this is that the vast majority of children can learn a lot about
reading without even realising that that is what is happening.
This is how it’s done, and it’s so utterly simple and pleasurable you may well find yourself looking
forward to it. All you have to do is –

1. Read to Your Child.
The more you can read to your child, the better, but the evening bedtime story is often the most
appropriate, easiest and most enjoyable moment. Ten minutes is enough with a young child but if
you can manage fifteen that would be even better. This is the time to settle on the bed with the
child, cuddle up and enjoy whatever book has been chosen. The downside to this, if it is a
downside, is that your child will soon pick up favourite books and demand that they are read over
and over and over again until you are utterly bored – but your child will love it. Every time you read
your child will be hearing new words in the context of a story that makes their meaning clear. They
will see the print on the page. I am well aware that you and your partner may have been working
all day but is ten to fifteen minutes really too much to ask? You will be giving your child an
essential life-long skill – and pleasure.

2. Do not mix learning to read with bedtime reading or reading for pleasure.
Bedtime reading is a time for complete relaxation and preparation for sleep. Imagine for a
moment that you are a child still struggling with reading. Your parent is reading a lovely story to
you and all of a sudden hands the book over and says: ‘Now you read the next page’. Excuse me?
Is that a bedtime story? No, it’s bedtime torture. Not only does it instantly put the child under
pressure, it also destroys the comfy atmosphere you have built up and worst of all it encourages
the child to associate pressure and failure with reading books. So many children are put off
reading in this way.

3. The right book.
Bedtime reading. Let your child choose the book and don’t worry about reading the same one
again and again. You can always make an agreement that you should take it in turns to choose a
book. If a new book is being introduced and it is quite apparent that the child is not really
responding to it, put it aside for another time. It may be too old for them. For example Treasure
Island is a great, classic story but hard going for most children under seven, not to mention some
older ones too.

4. Don’t worry.
Don’t worry if your child keeps choosing what you think are very simple books. You are building up
their confidence all the time. Children feel safe with much loved books. Reading for pleasure is
NOT about pushing your child on to the next reading rung at school. It’s about what it says on the
tin – that word ‘pleasure’.

5. What books to choose.
Staff in good bookshops are usually pretty helpful. You can ask them for advice. If you already
have some idea about what kind of stories your child likes then that helps.

6. Letting your child choose a book.
When I go into a school to speak about reading and writing there is often a book sale at the end of
the day. On several occasions I have seen a child eagerly pick up a book that excites them only for
the parent to say: ‘Put it back, it’s too hard/easy for you’. It makes me want to yell and shout! I
don’t of course. Sometimes, if the parent has told the child it’s too hard I say: ‘It would be great
for bedtime reading. You can read it to your child. It’s not difficult for them to understand.’
And then again, if the parents says it’s too easy I sometimes ask the parents if they ever read easy
books or magazines. Do they always try to choose something that they think will be good for them
or stretch them in some way? What do they read on the beach?
There are only a few times when a parent should prevent a book being read: when it is obviously
way too old for them or when the content is inappropriate. (Quite often these two go hand in
hand.) No book is too silly or too young. Lots of pictures? No problem. Our country publishes the
best children’s books in the world and our picture books are wonderful. If you find your child
engrossed in one don’t take it away because you think it’s too young. Talk to them about why they
like it so much. Feed their enthusiasm, don’t stamp on it!
Sometimes it’s good to discuss the book with your child. Talk about the pictures and what’s
happening? What’s your favourite part? Why do you think so-and-so felt like that/did that/said
that? Just don’t let things get too heavy!

7. The Pleasure Principle.
I can’t say this often enough. Reading for pleasure should be exactly that. Show how much you
enjoy books. Make sure your child sees you and your partner if you have one, reading. Dads have a
particularly important role to play here with boys. If you want your boy to enjoy reading, enjoy it
yourself. What do you do to get your boy interested in your favourite football team? Maybe you
take him to matches. So you want your boy to read. Read to him. It’s the same principle.

8. What’s the point?
The point is very simple. I hope you can see that reading with your child can be such a lovely, easy
and positive experience, especially at bedtime. Your child will feel safe with reading and gradually
the educational side of reading will fade away as your child becomes a strong, competent reader.
Finally, you can be proud of what you’ve done. You have given your child a wonderful foundation
to build on and a love of books that will last for the rest of their lives; a love that will open doors,
broaden their horizons, help them make friends and inform every minute of their lives from there

An afterword for parents with dyslexic children.
Most of the above advice also applies to dyslexic children. After all, you are reading to your child.
However, there are books available specifically for dyslexic children, written by excellent authors
who produce stories that are not the least bit patronising. Barrington Stoke are a publisher that
specialise in this and have been hugely successful. They have a good website.


The ‘Love of Reading’ 

One of our priorities each year at Rudston is to develop ‘ The Love of Reading’.

As you can see from previous updates, we have been working hard on promoting reading with our children.

From reading buddies to our new library, Bug Club to our reading areas; we have made some huge changes!

Below is a picture of a piece of work we completed in year 6. It would be good if parents and children could talk about why they love reading, their favourite books and favourite authors!

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There is even a copy of the document the year 6 children completed in class in our ‘downloads’ section. (Do it together if you wish!)


Year one met with their year six reading buddies today to share some lovely stories or poetry. A great time was had by all as the stories were read. The year six children were great story readers and year one loved the story hour. Mr Griffith finished the afternoon off with a little story too.


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Some children had an exciting opportunity to talk to one of our favourite authors, Tom Palmer. The children were very excited and had the chance to ask an author questions about reading and writing books. We hope to talk to Tom again soon.


To further enhance the love of reading we have been sharing our favourite books and writing books review to share.

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To develop our love of reading year two read a variety of poems to themselves and each other.  They also brought some in from home to share. After reading and discussing poems they wrote poetry reviews to share.



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As part of our commitment to being a ‘reading school’, all the staff team have been talking about and sharing what they love to read. All staff have displayed a sign showing everyone what their favourite children’s book is, and the children have loved spotting them!

Volunteers help to encourage a love of reading in the early years


Books beyond bedtime.

Just 10 minutes of reading a day can make a dramatic difference to a child’s educational attainment. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Celebrities love reading too!

Follow this link to find all about what famous footballers are reading. Watch videos of the talking about their favourite books: they may even ask you some questions too! WWW.LITERACY TRUST.ORG.UK

What to read next?

Not sure what to read next? Don’t worry! Follow these links for some advice on the latest books to read. You can even post your own recommendations of books your friends should read. BLUE PETER AWARDS