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Gwladys Street has the reached the Gold Standard for the Liverpool Reading for Pleasure Quality Mark


Robbie the Reader

Reading tips

Reading books with children is a great way to spend family time. Research shows that exploring books can have lots of benefits for kids, and it's also just fantastic family fun.

But we know that not everyone feels comfortable about reading aloud or sharing stories, which is why we've put together some helpful hints for parents and carers.

Here you'll find advice about reading as a family, including video examples of enjoying books with children and a guide to what makes a good storyteller. You can also find top tips for engaging reluctant readers and encouraging older children to read.


Examples of how to read with your child

Watch the videos below to see some examples of how you can read with your child, and share stories and rhymes together.

Take a look at our staff photos for World Book Day. There were some wonderful places shown of where our staff enjoy reading!

Why do we need to 'Read for Pleasure'? - Research tells us that young people who read for pleasure are five times as likely to read above the expected level for their age and do significantly better at school than their peers.
Gwladys Street has changed many areas in school for children to their enjoy reading. The pupils decided they wanted a café, garden, beach and bedroom in Key Stage 2. The Key Stage 1 library has many inviting areas for the children to read in and the classrooms have soft furnishings in their classrooms. Foundation Stage change their reading areas each half term, it can be a reading cafe, a zoo, it's even been part of the beanstalk!


Reading Leaflet

Reading Events for 2018/2019


We continue to build on our successes in promoting a love of reading in school and have developed our calendar of events for 2018 and 2019. Below  you will find some of the whole school reading for pleasure events that we will be holding.

 Reading Events for 2017/2018


We enjoy reading at Gwladys Street and have many reading events to promote our love for reading. Remember to tell your friends and teachers which books you have enjoyed. Below is a reading calendar for the following year to promote some of the whole school reading for pleasure events that we will be holding.

World Book Day March 1st

We will be celebrating WBD by reciting a poem. Each year group will be given a poem to learn and be able to perform in a special assembly on the day. Also each child will be given a WBD voucher to take home to buy a book which is accepted by many outlets selling books. Also on the day Gwladys Street will be hosting the Book People Bus on the school yard for everyone to step onto.


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Year 5 are our 'Reading Stars' in school. Each week they work with LFC to support them with resilience and how to enjoy a range of reading books. Well done children!

Everybody Writes Week

During the week of 16th October the whole school read one of our favourite books - Flotsam. From this every class became writers using the book as a stimulus. For example FS1 and 2 wrote about the beach, year 3 wrote about how to keep the beach clean, whilst year 6 wrote a prequel to the book.

The work will be displayed on our Progression Walls in the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 hall.


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Read for Good

The week beginning 9th October, many children were sponsored to read for 10 minutes a day to raise money for Read for Good. Read for Good buys new books for children who are in hospital and even a reader. We joined many Liverpool schools to raise money for Alder Hey hospital and raised over £300, whilst reading for pleasure. On Friday 13th October at 1.30 everyone in school, from office staff, Spanish teachers, children to teachers all read for pleasure for 15 minutes. Well done to everyone.

Reading Calendar 2016 and 2017

Assessed for the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark


An Assessor came to Gwladys Street C P and N School on Tuesday 10th November 2015 to assess how we have implemented Reading for Pleasure across the whole school. We are delighted to have achieved the GOLD standard. We were assessed on many different aspects which included:

  • the reading environments,
  • how children recommend books to each other, 
  • external visits including the library and seeing authors,
  • visitors that support reading in school,
  • intervention groups within school,
  • how we developed a culture of reading across the school for pupils and adults,
  • training for staff,
  • use of pupil voice to develop reading
  • pupils reading to each other,
  • how we promote reading which include our theme days across the year.

We will continue to develop this ethos and develop further areas such as an outdoor reading area for KS1 and KS2 involving the school council and building on the KS1 home/school library, bringing in further visits and most importantly continuing to involve parents and carers. Please look at the photos to see what opportunities we give the pupils.

Well done to all staff and visitors.

Nick Sharratt to visit Gwladys Street!

Gwladys Street C P and N School has been chosen by the Scottish Book Trust for the famous author Nick Sharratt (see above) to visit in February, after Mrs Berry wrote an application for the reasons why he should visit our school. He has written many books such as:

Ketchup on your cornflakes, Shark in the Park, The Foggy, Foggy Forest. There are too many to mention.

He will spend an hour with the FS2 - year 2 children and then half hour book signing. The children will be studying his books beforehand and will produce lots of exciting writing which will be then be displayed in the reading boards outside school. More details will be sent out soon. If you visit the library see if you can find any of his titles to read with your child.  

Foundation Stage 2 visit Spellow Library

Click on the links below to find pictures of class FB and FH visiting Spellow Library, where they were able to look at and borrow books and even had a story time. Lots of events still happen at the library and the Central library in town. Libraries are great ways to borrow books for free.

The Book People Visit Gwladys Street Again.

Thankyou to all parents/carers, pupils and staff who visited the Book People Bus on 21st November. We are able to claim 10% of what we is spent on the Book Bus, therefore we were able to get £140 of free books for classrooms. The book people bus will visit us again on World Book Day.

Jude Lennon visiting Gwladys Street with a very special message.

Although we enjoy reading books, some books give us very important messages. Visit our Pastoral Support page (click on link below) to see why Jude visited us on 12th September with a very special book.

The Book People Bus Visits Gwladys Street

On the 28th June the Book People's Bus visited school so children from FS1 to Year 6 could buy books. Many parents/carers also popped in to see this wonderful shop and buy quality books at reasonable prices. Thanks to the parents'/carers' support we were able to buy £100 worth of books for school.

Storyteller Jude Lennon visits Gwladys Street

Story telling from FS 1 to Year 6


Jude Lennon, who had previously visited Gwladys Street with her specially written book for Everton FC, came to Gwladys Street on May 19th. FS 1 to Year 2 children brought their special cuddly toys from home to listen to a range of stories from their topics. Year 1 and 2 parents joined their children to enjoy these fabulous tales for the last session of the day. It was lovely to see so many parents/carers in the key stage 1 hall. Years 3 to 6 listened to stories about myths, the environment and different cultures. Telling stories is a great way to interact with your child, develop their love of reading, support your children's speech and language skills. We will be seeing Jude again in September when she reads her latest special book with a very important message.

Mr Fidler's Premier League Readers - click on link for more information.

Theatre visits for Years 5 and 6

Two Golden Reading Opportunities have taken place in March. Firstly,  Year 5 were able to visit the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool to enjoy the adaption of The Witches by Roald Dahl on the stage. The children were enthralled by the production and wrote their own reviews in class. Next the children will read the book to compare similarities and differences. Year 6 will be visiting the Philharmonic on Tuesday 22nd March to witness two more award winning writers: Gue Yue and Clare Farrow and each child will receive their own copy of the book 'A Little Leap Forward - A boy in Beijing' to take home. Both visits have been funded by the school to develop children's enjoyment of reading.  


We celebrated this year's World Book Day by reading with our partner classes and discussing our favourite books that we brought to school. Special reading assemblies happened throughout the  day and all the children participated in book quiz to test them on characters and books they may have read at home or in school. Foundation Stage 1 and 2 drew their favourite characters and explained what they like about them. A winner from each year group was given a £10 book voucher. All staff were also invited to take part in a book quiz and write a book review. Congratulations to Mr Price and Miss Sheridan.

Beach day

On Friday 5th February the children came to school in their beach wear to celebrate David Wiesner's 60th Birthday. Over this time all children from FS1 to Year 6 have been reading and interpreting his lovely book Flotsam and this has inspired them to write many different texts from diary entries, explanations on how a camera works and even a prequel or sequel to the book. Work will be displayed in the two Key Stage Halls after half term and should appear in the Reading displays around school. FS1 and 2 even created their own beaches and Mrs Berry read another David Wiesner book - Hurricane - to the whole school.                      

'T' Party

Thankyou to all the parents/carers who attended the 'T' party with Miss Clarke. The children with their families learnt early reading skills, saw Read Write Inc in action and how to support at home. If any parent/carer needs more support with this or would like resources to help at home please contact the school office to make an appointment with Miss Clarke who is our Phonics Champion.

Reading Quality Mark Celebration


Five children went to Liverpool Central Library on Friday 15th January to collect our prestigious Reading Quality Mark. The GOLD standard plaque is now outside the school office - have a look. 

Alsop High School

Alsop High School students are now visiting Gwladys Street to support the children with their reading. These Reading Ambassadors are weekly visitors and enjoy discussing the children's choices, supporting them with reading independently and encouraging our pupils to read for pleasure. Thankyou to all the students who have committed to this programme and Miss Towey.

New Library System coming to Gwladys Street


We have purchased our new library system after raising money at our school Christmas fayre. We will be starting to set up the new computerised library to support the children's reading. Volunteers needed on Tuesday 19th January 2016 to help us with cataloguing all our books. Please inform the school office if you can help.

We became illustrators of a book called 'The Toffee Lady' by Jude Lennon.

The Toffee Lady Assembly


Children from Gwaldys Street were asked to draw illustrations for the book called The Toffee Lady by Jude Lennon. The children whose drawings were published received a signed copy of the book and all children from year 2 to 6 were lucky to have the author read her book in a special reading assembly. Her book is in association with Everton in the Community and the book will be on sale for £8 from the Toffee Shop from Monday 21st December 2015. The children were very lucky to have a special guest called Pat Van De Hauwe who is an explayer from EFC.

Please look at the link to find out more.

November 26th 2015

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Today we wore different hats to commerate 150 years of the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. We wrote who we wanted to have a tea party with and why? Some of our work will be on the website soon. Years 4, 5 and 6 also did maths with an Alice and Wonderland Theme. Pictures coming soon.
All children who stayed for dinner also had a fabulous tea party.

Who would you invite to a tea party and why?

Look at our hats on Alice in Wonderland Commeration Day.

November 25th 2015

The Little Red Hen

FS 2 children read The Little Red Hen with Mrs Blythe. First they discovered that the Little Red Hen had been in the FS2 base as they found footprints in the flour, which she left after her baking! The children discovered that flour was made from wheat and how to make bread just like the Little Red Hen. They also realised the importance of helping each other, just like the characters in the story. This book is recommend by Mrs Blythe's class. Look at the pictures below to see why they enjoyed it.


The Little Red Hen

"Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"


Today, (November 24th 2015), Foundation Stage 1 read The Gingerbread Man. Using talking partners, the children were able to understand what a synopsis was, predict what was going to happen and find rhyming words. All the children enjoyed the story and Miss Potter ensured that other activities were developed throughout the day.

Foundation Stage 1 reading

November is Non-fiction awareness month. Through our reading assemblies and work in English and through the International Primary Curriculum the pupils will be using many non-fiction books and introduced and recommended many more. Visit the library to find some interesting non-fiction books and show your child how we use them.

National Library Month is in October and children were able to choose books from the Scholastic Book fair to add to their own class library. Visiting the library is a great way to spend a hour, reading and choosing books. Central Library and Spellow Library are on our doorstep and a great way to find new books and old favourites.


School will opening their own library to pupils and parents in November - look out for letters arriving home soon.

This term we have had a fabulous Roald Dahl day. The children throughout the school studied different Roald Dahl books including:

James and the Giant Peach


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Each year group used these books to produce their own stories, autobiographies, lists and poems. We celebrated with a fantastic Roald Dahl day where we all dressed up in Roald Dahl characters and quizzes.

National Poetry Day was celebrated on October 8th with the theme light. Children looked at a variety of poems using a range of imagery and styles.

Look out for Alice in Wonderland where we will be celebrating 150 years of the book being published by Lewis Carroll with our very own tea party.