Rooted in reading

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What is Rooted in Reading?

Rooted in Reading is an exciting cross-phase project that we are running in Lincolnshire schools to coincide with 2008 National Year of Reading. Recent international research has pinpointed reading for pleasure as the most accurate indicator of academic success so we are very excited about the project’s potential to contribute to both the enjoy and achieve aspects of the ECM agenda.

Passports

A major feature of the project will be the Rooted in Reading passport. This has been based on ideas from Reading Connects which we have adapted to create an impressive document that learners in KS1-4 will be able to use to record their reading for pleasure. Rubber stamps featuring the above logo will be available to all schools so that teachers and librarians can validate learners’ reading. Both passports and stamps are available to schools, free of charge.

Book Mark Award

Schools will also be able to work towards the Rooted in Reading Book Mark Award. This will be a Lincolnshire award to schools that successfully engage learners, teachers and parents. The Book Mark will be awarded on a pass/fail basis and successful schools will be presented with a certificate and a logo to use on their publications.

Engagement with the Library Service

A key facet of the project will be to encourage active engagement with the Lincolnshire Library Service. Another will be the provision of opportunities to meet with writers, poets and storytellers. We are organising a series of mini book festivals in schools whereby a mobile library and a writer/poet/storyteller both visit a school on the same day in order to encourage reading.

Book Quizzes

In addition there will be other events running throughout the year, including competitions for the best completed passports and for the schools that have done the most during the year to encourage reading. We aim to run inter-school book quizzes for Years 5 and 6, provide help for schools that would like to set up reading groups as well as encouraging schools to make and exchange StorySacks. A dedicated Rooted in Reading community has already been set up in Assimilate, Lincolnshire's virtual learning community, with opportunities for readers of all ages to exchange ideas and find new and exciting resources. The year will end with a celebration evening, incorporating the presentation of the awards, the results of the competitions and the finals of the quizzes at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on 25 November 2008.

For more information

For more information about all aspects of the project, to connect with other readers and to explore many other useful links, log on to the Assimilate Rooted in Reading community at netlinc.org.uk
Alternatively you can email swillshaw@cfbt.com for further information.

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