We were very pleased to award Greenfields a grant for a huge range of books. The collection ranged from specific topic-based collections, to whole-class guided reading sets and great fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles from carefully curated reading passport lists.
We do like to hear about a specific, identified need for a bid and Kate Day (Headteacher) showed Greenfields’ needs clearly in her application:
“We have just revised our KS1 and EYFS phonics scheme and now need to focus on KS2 reading and enjoying reading. Our data shows that we are particularly weak in promoting and enthusing boys to read. Several staff now have this as a performance target. We have written age specific targets for all children but on reviewing our book offerings we have realized that boys books are not particularly engaging and our girls books lack in positive female role models. Our school is not very diverse either so one another thing we would like to do is purchase some texts which support widening our diversity understanding.”
Kate also told us how the books would be used and gave us examples of who and how the books would help:
“We have introduced 3o'clock reads in every class for this purpose - but now need engaging, enthusiastic texts which inspire the children to read. As we are developing our reading and phonics, we have realized that the cost of specialist books is huge and currently we only have one copy of each. Being able to have more would mean we can send more home and children will have more opportunities to read.
This would also support not just out class teachers but our phonics assistant who teaches in all classes N-3, our nursery nurses and our community by spreading the message of diversity and BLM through our children.
More opportunities to read, more choice in books, more willingness to try a text, more engagement in reading and wanting to read, all lead to better reading skills, better access in class and attainment results leading to better life chances in the future.”