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Reading is a 'HOOT' in Year 2

The children have really enjoyed making a friend for our class mascot 'Twit Twoo'. They listened to the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell and searched for a pine cone in the science garden so that they could make their own owl to add to our reading tree. A link to the story can be found below. 
We have talked to the children a lot about the importance of reading regularly and listening to a range of stories in school and at home. Reading impacts on so many areas of the curriculum and the more we read, the more we learn and the better we get at reading. More importantly, we want to develop and foster a love for reading in your child!  As an adult, I really wished that I had read more as a child!
Currently we are unable to invite parent volunteers into school to listen to children read and therefore, more than ever, we would really appreciate and welcome your support at home by listening to your child read for 10 minutes each day. This will enable them to practise the skills taught in school, develop their fluency and give them a chance to show you what they can do. We know how tricky it can be to fit reading in sometimes, especially when your child is less keen to read so we have set up a reward system in school to help motivate them. The children have all chosen a little owl which they have coloured in to live on our tree. If they are able to read 4 or more times in a week then they get to move up the branch on the tree. When they reach the top of the tree they will be rewarded with a special prize from Twit Twoo! 
The children are really enjoying our first chapter book 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson which we have nearly finished. It is a lovely little story about a small barn owl called Plop who is afraid of the dark. Each chapter explores what dark is like. We have found out why dark can be exciting, kind, fun, necessary, fascinating and wonderful and are looking forward to listening to the final chapter which is entitled 'Dark is beautiful!' 

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