We believe that the active encouragement of reading for pleasure should be a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment, as extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to children’s’ educational achievement. We strive to find opportunities to encourage a love of reading and to teach the children how exciting books can be.
Squirrels dress as their favourite book characters for their visit to Staple Hill Library.
Hedgehogs dress as their favourite book characters for their visit to Staple Hill Library.
Books and Roses Day!
Reading and Writing Displays
Book at Bedtime – let us read you a bedtime story!
Every year, we have our “Book at Bedtime” event where children are invited to come back to school in the evening in their pyjamas, with their favourite teddy, a pillow and a mug to enjoy a hot chocolate and a biscuit while they listen to one of the teachers read them a short story. They can sign up to one of about ten different stories in a room that has been specially set up with fairy lights, soft cushions and a chilled atmosphere (courtesy of the teachers’ creativity!)
While the children are being transported to faraway places and meeting incredible creatures, mums, dads and carers are invited to socialise with a cup of tea and a snack while excerpts from films and TV shows set in libraries play in the background.
We also make sure there’s a story for our pre-school visitors, so the whole family can enjoy some time loving and celebrating reading.
While we can’t guarantee that your child will go straight to sleep after their bedtime story, we can give them a rich experience of how enjoyable reading can be.
Have a look at some of the pictures from our “Book at Bedtime” to get an idea of this magical reading event.