Every year the school welcomes a representative from the library service to join us in an assembly to share the details of the Summer Reading Challenge. We are always proud to hear of the successes many of our children have with these challenges so are incredibly pleased that the challenge will be going ahead this year.
Please find the details from the library service below.
This year’s theme is ‘Silly Squad’ and the all-new digital website (https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/) was launched officially on Friday, 5th June 2020, with a host of fun activities, and runs right through the summer to September.
Families will be able to find an array of virtual ‘super silly’ curated events which will be hosted online, including games, quizzes and many different downloadable activities, with the intention of entertaining and educating children, who may be feeling self-isolated at this difficult time.
Children are encouraged to read anything that makes them feel happy, no matter what the format and whether or not they have borrowed it from the library or it’s something from home: fiction or non-fiction, poetry, comics, joke books and more.
Please note that although the council’s library buildings are still closed until further notice, we are encouraging children to continue to access our services freely through our virtual services and e-lending platforms https://southend.spydus.co.uk/.
Other reading resources to help at home
Parents have been asking about stage reading books, and many of them can be accessed for free online from the ‘Oxford Owl’ website: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/
It takes two minutes to register for free, and the books are tablet friendly and organised by difficulty or age group to help finding the right books for your child as easy as possible.
For those children who may need help with their phonics/spelling, the Phonics Play scheme (which we follow in school) is currently free to use and accessible via their website: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/. It contains a lot of interactive games to help them learning key sounds and spelling patterns.
For those looking for something a little different, there are lots of online reading events taking place, such as the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival at home (https://www.barneskidslitfest.org/whats-on/). Also, the World Book day website continues to share a wide number of engaging resources (https://www.worldbookday.com/resources/primary/)
Good luck with the challenge!