Reading is a vital part of every child’s education and something we take seriously here at Burnham Primary. To make sure your child learns the reading skills that will last them a lifetime, we teach a range of reading and comprehension lessons each week and offer a well-stocked, exciting library.
But, reading means more than this. A love of books is a true love of life and shows a sense of adventure. To encourage the full enjoyment of reading and a lifelong love of books, we are once again running our highly successful ‘Jelly Bean Challenge’.
Each class works together as a team to earn jelly beans. These are collected in a display outside the Year 1 classrooms and the year group with the most jelly beans each term wins a special celebration. Last term, this was Year 5, who earned a crazy balloon party.
So, how does your child win jelly beans?
Simple. Read at home. Each child is expected to read at home daily. This may be with an adult, or older sibling. It could be independently. What is key is the recording of this reading in their School Reading Record. If your child comes to school with a signed reading record from the night before, they get to tick their name off on a class chart. The more of the whole class that reads, the more jelly beans they earn.
Each Friday, in our Awards Assembly, we will update the whole school as to which year group is currently in first place. Bonus jelly beans are available for those year groups that read over the whole weekend, so please try to make sure that reading has a time allocated every day of the week.
This is a fun, successful scheme, much-liked by all of our pupils, so I’d like to thank you for your continued support of reading at home. If you have any particular questions about your child’s reading, or would like to discuss the books they are, or could be, reading, please contact your class teacher in the first instance.
Enjoy all your reading adventures together!