Award for: Hot Reads, Take One Book and whole class guided reading

Specialisation: Best promotion of reading for pleasure

As the English Subject leader at M.C.A. I feel extremely proud to announce that our school has received a Kent Literacy Award.

The award recognises our desire to promote reading for pleasure within the school community. Reading is such an important area of our curriculum as it lays the foundations for learning in all subjects.

New, exciting and relevant texts have been introduced to our Key Stage 2 classes including: The Boy at the Back of the Class, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Firework Maker’s Daughter, The Train to Impossible Places and A Place Called Perfect. Reading 'VIPERS' have been introduced to focus on reading skills in our reading sessions. Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise/Sequence are the core skills we focus on.

I would like to mention our fantastic Year 5 (now Year 6) reading ambassadors, who have been an important part of promoting reading for pleasure at M.C.A. They were responsible for planning and leading various activities at school during our 'Wild' themed book week including our story in a jar competition and exhibition, a book character scavenger hunt and reading taster sessions in our reading café.

During book week, different members of staff shared a bedtime story on our school website to promote the reading of a daily story. Parents were invited to join us in school for shared reading sessions and to view an exhibition of story jars. Author David Litchfield shared one of these jars on his Twitter account as it represented his book: The Bear and the Piano. We enjoyed a two-day visit from author Adam Guillain as he sparked an enthusiasm for reading (and writing) with lively assemblies and class workshops.

Children participated in Reading Bingo Challenges during the Christmas and summer break. It was fantastic to see them continuing their reading in different environments and across a range of genres. For the first two weeks (on our return to school) we used the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers and the whole school created displays, scrapbooks and videos as a 'book' helped to reunite our school community after an unusual year.

A special mention and thank you must also go the Mrs Farrington, our Accelerated Reader lead, who organises the distribution of certificates, monitors and displays targets achieved and helps all the teachers and children with everything AR.

We really do have a wonderful community and team here at M.C.A. Keep reading everyone. If you haven’t found the right book yet, keep looking. Ask any member of staff in our community, ask other children, look out for a reading ambassador or come and ask me. There are some fantastic reads out there and many new reads arriving…

Keep on reading! Well done to everyone!

Mrs Jackson

English Subject Leader

Kent Literacy Awards 2020 (1)