Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust have joined forces with Wild in Art to bring their iconic BookBench sculptures to Manchester.
The Read Manchester BookBench Project celebrates the city’s creativity and encourages children and adults to read for enjoyment.
To celebrate the exhibition, there are lots of activities taking place over the summer at the venues where the BookBenches are on display, including literacy-themed events, storytelling sessions and book swaps. There will also be activities and resources at each location for families to complete.
From Monday 10th July the Manchester book bench trial goes live until September. That means there will be 58 benches painted by schools and other organisations going on display around Manchester. There is a map so you can follow the trail.
We have one going on display in Alex Park outside the cafe. There will be activities over the summer linked to our bench and benches in other places. If you are able please go and see our bench insitu. It's painted with illustrations and text from a book called A Balloon for Granddad and many of the children know this story.
Many of the children have been involved in designing or painting the bench.
Benches unveiled as part of the campaign, aimed at promoting reading across the city to boost literacy levels, include...
A cluster of venues in the city centre are playing host to the benches, including Manchester Cathedral, the Manchester Arndale, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the National Football Museum.
Outside of the city centre, other venues taking part include the National Cycling Centre, the Lowry Outlet and Manchester Museum.
Our Book Bench A Balloon for Grandad.
The children are working towards writing a bedtime story we've used a app called shadow puppets to create these videos which describe our dragon characters.
Our final videos
On a Wednesday afternoon Miss McAdam and Miss Crummett take a group of year 2 children to do a Read Write Perform group.
The children are working towards creating their own bedtime story about a dragon.
So far we've used a VR headset to look into a forest to find a dragon and an app called shadow puppet to record all about our own dragons.
Furat , Rimas, Eshan.
Aaron, Kian, Diyar.
Dua, Junaid, Alizah.
we are starting to use similes and adjectives and alternative words for things like big, sharp, walk and bad in our writing. We are also starting to magpie things we like to use in our own stories.
we used the VR again this week to watch the flyover , we were on the back of a dragon flying really high in the sky.
we also finished the rest of our bedtime story and looking forward to recording them soon.
Here are the final bedtime story videos, they worked so hard on these.
Here are the sounds that we want children to use as they start reading.
They are taught in the same sequence to everyone.
They only take a minute to practise so have a go each day!
Please notice the different types of sound.
Bouncy (very short, clipped sounds) a d t i p g o c k u b e h j w x ch qu
Stretchy (long sounds) m s n f l r v z sh th ng nk
At Wilbraham Primary School we use Read Write Inc to help children learn to read. It has been used for many years in other schools and has supported children to enjoy reading and make good progress. It aims to teach children to learn to read as quick as possible so they can use their skills to then read to learn and become lifelong readers. It also helps children to talk about and understand what they have read. Reading helps children develop their vocabulary and learn new things independently. We want all children to enjoy reading. Children will be taught in mixed groups by trained staff. First children learn a simple code to help them read (see simple sounds). Then they learn more complex sounds (see complex sounds).
Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.
The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.
The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher.
Please click here to view some past phonics screening test.
Fred the Frog
Children are taught to ‘Fred’ talk words by sounding out and blending to read. m_a_t
Children are taught to spell by hearing and saying sounds in a word before writing them down. We call this using ‘Fred’ fingers.
Fred is a frog puppet who says, reads and spells words in pure sounds; he never says the whole word so the children do this for him. He never adds ‘uh’ after a consonant sound e.g. fuh, luh (a slight ‘uh’ cannot be helped when saying the sounds b, g, d, j, w and y).
A grapheme is one letter or group of letters used to write one sound, e.g. the sound ‘f’ can be written with the grapheme f (fun), ff (huff) and ph (phone).
Syllables are chunks within long words.
The root is the part of the word that gives the most meaning.
You also need to know how to add a suffix to a word like this…
_ed (as in jumped) _ing (as in playing) _er (as in cooler)
_est (as in greatest) _ful (as in grateful) _y (as in tidy