We have invested over £12 000 in our range of book band books and independent reading books. Children in all year groups are surveyed regarding their favourite authors and genres. The views of the children greatly influence our choice of books, in order to maximise children's enthusiasm for reading.
Issue 1 of Spotlight On...
We hope you enjoy reading the first edition of our 'Spotlight On' series, designed to shine a spotlight on our approach to teaching and learning in a particular curriculum area. We chose Reading for our first publication in the series. Please click on the 'full screen icon' towards the bottom right of the item below. Use the left and right arrows to browse through the publication.
Recommended Reading Lists
Our Parent Forum suggested that we formulate a recommended reading list for each year group. We consulted with the children as we selected titles for the recommended reading list for each year group and we were supported by our book supplier Peters. We chose fiction books and also non-fiction titles related to the projects being studied. We have purchased many of the book titles on each reading list and these are available on the year group book shelves. The recommended reading list for the next year group is shared each year with parents/carers. The recommended reading lists are available to download below:
Copley's Reading Scheme
To support children to develop reading fluency and comprehension, we use a structured reading scheme. This is based on the national book band scheme but has been personalised and tailored to our needs as we work with our book supplier to provide an engaging range of reading scheme books, together with 'real' books and non-fiction texts at each level. At our most recent parent workshop on our teaching of reading and writing, a parent asked for the progression through the book bands to be shared, so please find this below. Children who are reading book band books are encouraged to take an independent reading book home also, so they have the full choice of reading books available to the year group. Once children are secure with their reading fluency and comprehension at Sapphire level, they choose reading books entirely from our wide range of independent reading books.
Book Band levels:
New books for Gold, White and Lime levels
Themed Reading Collections
Each year we ask the children to help us choose a themed reading collection, through voting in each class. We then display the 70 chosen titles on our chosen theme centrally for children to read and return. We insert a comment slip inside the book jacket so children can enjoy reading the comments about the book from previous readers. Children sign the books in and out and there is always a real buzz about out reading collections. So far, we have had reading collections for 'Magic', 'Crime-Fighters' and 'All Creatures Great and Small'. I wonder what will be the theme for our 2020 reading collection?
Our 2019 'All Creatures Great and Small' reading collection saw 343 'reads' in four weeks!
Our Parent Forum suggested a 'book swap' event and it was so popular the book swap has become an annual feature of our World Book Day celebrations. In 2019 a lovely range of 147 titles was brought in and children thoroughly enjoyed browsing the titles in order to choose their new book to take home.
Extreme Reading Challenge
So many children and staff took on our extreme reading challenge to read in an interesting or unusual place! We have the most fantastic range of photographs displayed around the school, together with the title of the book being read so as to recommend the book to others. We have children reading books in a wheelbarrow, a dustbin, hanging upside down from an exercise bar and the list goes on! Many children demonstrated clever ICT skills, so that they appear to be reading in the Royal Box with the Royal Family, reading on a cloud, even reading in space etc.
Reading Celebration Days
We are keen to promote interest and engagement in reading - it is such an enjoyable hobby in its own right and supports children's learning across the curriculum. We always take part in reading celebration days, such as Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day. Click on the links below to view the pages for these enjoyable events.
Young Shakespeare Visit
Each year our children in Year 5 and 6 have the fantastic experience of engaging in ‘theatre in the round’ with the Young Shakespeare Company. We organise this so that by the time children leave Copley they have had live theatre experience of two Shakespeare plays.
The Young Shakespeare Company visits provide a wonderful first experience of Shakespeare. Their performances of ‘Macbeth’ and 'Romeo and Juliet' have been, quite simply, electrifying and the children were completely absorbed.
At points children were actively involved in the performance and afterwards there was opportunity to ask the very talented actors questions about the plot and the motivation of characters etc.
Please click on the first photograph below to view the gallery of photos.
'Romeo and Juliet' 2017
Reading Reward Assemblies
At Copley Junior School we want to celebrate regular reading at home. If children read at home (and have their reading diary signed by an adult!) at least four times a week they receive a raffle ticket. By the end of each half term we hope that children will have a number of raffle tickets in the draw, as they have read at home at least four times a week on a regular basis.
In our half termly Reading Award Assembly raffle tickets are drawn from each class and the lucky winners can come and choose a brand new book from a wide range of titles. We hope that lots of children in each class will be successful in the Reading Reward Assembly draw over the six opportunities in the school year.
We organise regular competitions to provide further opportunities for writing.
'The Magic Box'
We received many highly creative and descriptive entries for our poetry writing competition on the theme of 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. Click on the links below to read the winning entries:
Book Review Corner
Wondering what to read next? Stuck for ideas? Then keep visiting this page, where book reviews and recommendations will appear. If you read one of the recommended titles, let us know your thoughts and we'll add your comments to the page...
'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo
Recommended by: Mrs Crayton
*****A powerful story of the truest of friendships in the most difficult of times. Follow the journey of Joey the farm horse as he experiences the hardship of war. Joey narrates his story, with many adventures and dangers along the way. I gave this 5 stars as it is so well written. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!
Ella in Year 6 writes, "It's a very emotional book, when Joey was running through the battlefield it was very tense and frightening. A very good aspect of the book is the author telling the story through the voice of Joey the horse, so he is telling the story. I would give this book **** and I would recommend it for children in Years 4 upwards because of the theme of war."
'Billionaire Boy' by David Walliams
Recommended by: Brooke E and Georgia P
***** Joe Spud is a boy who has everything in the world he could ever want, except for one thing. A friend. This story touched us so much because it is funny but sad also and you would love it. The story has a good message about what is important in life. We think it is suitable for anyone in the Junior classes.
Mrs Crayton writes, "I agree with you Brooke and Georgia. I really enjoyed the book. The description of Joe's timetable at the most expensive school in England really made me chuckle!"
'Kaspar Prince of Cats' by Michael Morpurgo
Recommended by: Mrs Crayton
They say cats have nine lives, and that's certainly true of Kaspar. From the glamorous suites of the Savoy Hotel to the servants' quarters in the attic, and from a crowded lifeboat to the hustle and bustle of New York City, Kaspar proves that no cat is too small for big adventures. But then this is no ordinary cat. He's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky - the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic.....
***** This is a fantastic book, that is difficult to put down! It is a story about the friendship and loyalty of a poor servant boy at the Savoy Hotel and how his life changes when Kaspar enters his life. It is an adventure full of hazards, that only gets worse when Kaspar boards the Titanic for her maiden voyage. The book's illustrations are beautiful too.
Aleesha writes, "Kaspar is the only cat who survived the sinking of the Titanic. I was really worried when the Titanic was sinking and I didn't know whether Johnny Trott, the family and Kaspar would survive. I enjoyed learning about life in the Savoy Hotel and how they visit the Savoy at the end of the story - but I won't tell you who visits as it will give away the brilliant ending! I gave this book a ***** rating and would recommend it for all ages from 7-11 years."
'Awful Auntie' by David Walliams
Recommended by: Mrs Crayton
Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky- weapon up her sleeve...
*** This is an enjoyable read. David Walliams enjoys writing funny lists in his books - I felt there were a few too many in this one! Good (in the shape of Stella) overcomes evil (in the shape of Aunt Alberta) and Stella finds out the true heir of Saxby Hall, making a true friend in the process.
'Catch Your Death' by Lauren Child
Recommended by Georgia F
Mrs Crayton writes, "This story had the most unusual plot - Lauren Child has a very vivid imagination! It tells us about the adventures of Ruby Redfort who works for a secret agency as a super sleuth. So far, so predictable.... However, the mission that Ruby gets involved in is so unusual and anything but predictable. I would recommend this book for pupils who like a good mystery to solve in Years 5 and 6."
'To Be a Cat' by Matt Haig
Recommended by Miss Blades-Baker
Mrs Crayton writes, "This short novel is very intriguing! What if I told you that tomorrow you’d wake up as a cat? That’s right. You heard me. A cat. Whiskers, fur, four paws, a tail – the real deal. You might not believe me. But really, you should be thanking me. Most people don’t have any kind of warning, you see. It comes as a complete shock to them. It came as a shock to Barney Willow…This book tells you about the seven special powers of cats. Number seven is especially important:
*****-***** ***-* ************. You'll have to read the book to find out more!"
'The Midnight Gang' by David Walliams
Recommended by William S
Our Parent Forum asked us to provide links to useful websites, so here is our pick of some of the best. If you have any good recommendations, please let us know.
Oxford Owl Reading
Oxford Owl Reading has 250 free eBooks (particularly suitable for children in Years 3-4) for you to share with your child as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help your child with their reading at home.
Click on the link below to find out more and to sign up for the free reading resources.
Reading Rockets provides information about how to teach reading and suggests recommended summer reading lists, award winning titles etc. Click on the link below to find out more.
This is a great website! Whether you are looking for the Book Trust’s 100 best children’s titles, the most popular children's books, recommended books for 7-year-olds, books for 11-year-olds, or just information on children's books, this is the place for you. One useful section (called 'Book Finder') allows you to enter the reading age you are interested in (e.g. 9-12 years) and then the theme of books that interests you (e.g. historical, funny, sport, adventure/fantasy, multicultural/world fiction etc.) It then offers you a selection of book titles that hopefully will encourage you to read one of them! Click on the link below to find out more.
National Literacy Trust
This website offers downloadable activities for different ages, recommended reading book titles etc. Click on the link below to find out more.
Great Books Guide
Every year The Book Trust produces its 'Great Books Guide'. All of the books in this document have been recommended to children and they are grouped according to age. We hope you find this helpful when choosing what great books to read next. We will post the '2019 Great Books Guide' when it is published.
Join our Book Review group! Complete the book review sheet below, or ask your teacher for a copy, and you can post a book review of your favourite book.