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Reading Events at Goldstone Primary School

Over the academic year, we provide a large number of events that encourage the enjoyment of reading. We have a very positive relationship with The Book Nook in Hove (https://booknookuk.com) and this enables us to have visiting authors create enthusiasm and excitement for their own books and the love of reading and writing. We have been lucky enough to have Danny Wallace, Laura Ellen Anderson, Guy Bass, Chris Riddell, Jenny McLachlan, and many more in the last few years. 

For the last 5 years, we have turned the school into a smaller version of Hogwarts for an evening to celebrate the Harry Potter book night. During the evening, the children got 'picked up from Hogsmeade Station' by Hagrid, brought to the Grand Hall where they were 'sorted into houses' by Dumbledore and the Sorting Hat and then spent the rest of the late afternoon with their 'Housemates' creating art, cakes, wands, and gaining Potter knowledge. The Key Stage 2 children enjoy this enormously and it is always an oversubscribed event. 

Last year we ran a similar afternoon celebration of reading for Reception and Key Stage 1. The author of choice was Julia Donaldson, who is a local author. The children read some of her stories and created artwork or character props inspired by the story. We had Stick Men a-plenty, Tabby McTats, and lots of 'squashes and squeezes'. This event was also oversubscribed and so we had intended to run a second-time event for the year 2s, but sadly COVID prevented this. 

Every year we celebrate the World Book Day event by spending the day reading together, learning from favourite books, having a catwalk of costumes, and discussing the books that we enjoy. Everyone is involved, from our smallest Little Owls to our biggest 'Wols' in year 6. We spend time reading with children from different classes and sharing with our peers. 

We always support the Library Service with their annual Summer Reading Challenge and a large number of our children get involved with the various challenges that they set.

Our Year 3s adopt an author - Guy Bass - to support their learning of storytelling in the spring term. We have weekly emails and challenges set by Guy to help us improve our writing and character development. 

Our Year 5s take part in the annual Big City Read project, which is organised through the Brighton Festival. A book is chosen for all participating schools to read, and over 10 weeks, Literacy writing and guided reading sessions have been based around the text. At the end of the project, all participating schools are invited to meet up at the Brighton Dome to meet the author and illustrator for a morning.  

We look forward to what new events we can hold in the academic year 2020-2021 - watch this space..........

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Some photos from our Harry Potter Evening 2020

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Some of our Reading superstars who completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2019

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A visit from one of our authors - Sam Copeland

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A visit from one of our special authors - Guy Bass

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Some of our KS1 children enjoying the Julia Donaldson Celebration Evening

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Reading Buddies sharing a book on World Book Day

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Mr Pearson and his Willy Wonka doppelganger on World Book day

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Reading Buddies sharing a book on World Book Day

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