At Butterwick, we strongly believe that reading underpins everything. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health.
'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!' Dr. Seuss.
The reading scheme we follow here at Butterwick is 'Bug Club'. This finely-levelled scheme provides children with access to over 500 books allocated to them by their teachers, promoting manageable steps in reading progression. There is an enormous range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, offering variety to keep children engaged and develop a love of reading.
A great advantage to this particular scheme is that it also opens up to an entire world of online reading. Each book can be allocated in the form of 'eBooks' which allows children to access these texts on any device. In addition to this, there are fun quizzes, games and rewards to celebrate their success and this acts as a great assessment tool for teachers to track their progress too! Here is an example of what your child's log in screen will look like. On their page, there is also a special area for grown-ups to support parents if needed too.
We ask that you encourage your child to read at home with you on a daily basis, regardless of their year group. Reading aloud and sharing books with you allows them to apply their skills to decode the text. In their Bug Club account, books that they have previously completed are saved within their 'library'. It is essential for children to re-read these books as this provides them with the opportunity to practise reading for fluency.
Here is what some of our children think about the use of Bug Club -
'I like how I can see all of the books I have read.'
'When I get things wrong, the bug is nice when it says 'try again'.'
'I like how every time you read a book, they give you a new one and you don't ever run out.'
'I like to read a lot - it is easier to access the books.'
'I like earning coins and spending my rewards.'
Follow this link to take you to the Bug Club website to access your child's account...
Here is a video to support and explain how to use the programme once your child has logged into their account. For any further questions, please get in touch with your child's class teacher.
Teachers share a daily 'class reader' story with their children. The school follows a carefully planned timetable which is in line with The 5 Plagues of Reading. The purpose behind this is to explore the five types of texts which children should have access to in order to successfully navigate reading with confidence. These are at a more complex level and demand more from the reader than other types of books: Archaic Language; Non-Linear Time Sequences; Complexity of the Narrator; Symbolic Texts; Resistant Texts.
The Book Hut
We have a 'Book Hut' in our playground for both children and adults to swap and share books they would recommend to others. As soon as government guidelines and restrictions are lifted, we look forward to getting this back in use again.