As a school we are constantly seeking to promote a love for reading and feel we are well on our way to being a world class seat of learning for reading. We have developed the innovative Reading Express which incorporates the tube map of London and instead of tube lines assigns a genre to them. The map has 250 books which we would like children to read before they leave the school and a library that is well stocked with opportunities every day to visit and change their books.
The online map gives synopsis and auto suggests books depending on the children’s genre preferences. This complex tube map and system that has been developed, refined and initiated is a cornerstone of reading within the school. The children all know what the different lines are and how to find these books in the library and use the online version and version in the middle of their Reading Passport to help them suggest books.
The passport which stays at school, allows children a visual and kinaesthetic joy of collecting stamps every time they have finished a book; the children love this aspect of the Reading Express.
Every week a child from each class is given a certificate designed to celebrate an aspect of their reading for that week or to celebrate it over a sustained period of time. Raffle tickets given out upon completion of books and prizes awarded within a weekly assembly.