Headteacher Norah Johnson explains "We're not big fans of fancy dress as this can sometimes mean that the children focus on TV and film characters instead of book characters. Instead we invite children to bring in their favourite books and to share stories with their peers. We hold a house book quiz where pupils from our two houses, Matthew and Mark, answer book related questions to see who will be crowned 'the biggest bookworms'!"
Reading is a big part of the school's curriculum with children reading everyday to their teacher once they are ready. Each year group visits the local library each year where they learn about what a library is, the difference between fact and fiction books, the Dewey Decimal system, the different tools to use when choosing a book and how to write a good book review.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in reading challenges such as Achievement for All's 200 Million Minutes Challenge and the library Summer Reading Challenge.
Mrs Johnson concludes "Reading is so important for many reasons and we really encourage our children to take time out to read for pleasure - in this technically focused world it's very refreshing to get lost in a book! Pupils leave Stella Maris with a reading age three or four years above their actual age and with a great passion for reading."
|Tense moments in the House Book Quiz|
|Pre-Prep enjoying their favourite stories|
|Years 5 and 6 enjoying a quick speed-read between lessons!|
|Pupils sharing stories together|