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Totternhoe Academy

With God’s love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts

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Have a look on the 'Latest News' page, to find out what our word of the week is!

Totternhoe's Virtual Library

Visit our  'Virtual Library' to read and listen to a variety of stories on our shelves. Look below to see, just some of the  books on offer!

Useful Websites/Resources

Reading support from Central Bedfordshire Libraries - Click   here
Words for Life - Click here
Books for Keeps - Click here
Love Reading 4 Kids  - Click here
Oxford Owl free eBook Library - Click   here
Stories Online - Click here
Oliver Jeffers Books - Click here

2021 - 2022 Reading Ambassador

Charlotte will be our reading ambassador this year. This is what she had to say...
When you are reading ambassador, you have a lot of responsibilities like opening the reading shed and reading with other children. My favourite author is Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton because they released a series of my favourite books.
 

MyBookBlog

To increase the children's comprehension and encourage their love of reading  all of the children from years 2-4 have their own MyBookBlog  page. Here, they can  blog, collect facts, take comprehension quizzes and learn new vocabulary linked to books they choose to read themselves.  Take a look at the books on offer in the school library, encourage your child/children to talk about and blog on the books they have read and  tease out all that vocabulary when talking to them. Year 1 also have a  class account, preparing them for their individual accounts once they reach Year 2.   If you need reminding of your child's login details, please speak to your child's teacher. 
​Click here to login to MyBookBlog.

Teach Your Monster to Read

In Reception and Year 1, we are also teaching our monsters to read at school and at home. Each child has their own login details and can earn certificates and letters from their monsters. ​ If you need reminding of your child's login details, please speak to your child's teacher.
Click here to login to  Teach Your Monster to Read
 

Read Write Inc. Spelling

Read Write Inc. Spelling is an online  service that supports children in Years 2-6 learn to spell.   It follows on from the Read Write Inc programme that we use in EYFS and KS1 and you can filter the activities by year group. If you need reminding of your child's login details, please speak to your child's teacher. 
Click here to login to Read Write Inc. Spelling

 

Oakley - Pets as Therapy Reading Dog

We are VERY excited that we will be visited by a school therapy dog as part of the Pets as Therapy Read2Dogs scheme. Jacqui will be visiting us with her dog, Oakley each week. Most weeks they will spend some time with our Squirrel Squad and then visit another class.
How it works
Most adults are apprehensive about speaking in public as it can be very daunting and young people are no different. Research shows that young people can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. However, when a PAT Dog enters the group, children often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as the dogs are non-judgemental. Before long the young people are starting to look forward to the reading experience as they are going to read to their new friend.
PAT Dogs provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun.
The children will also be told how much Oakley enjoys hearing stories. The children will be allowed to sit so that they can interact with Oakley. 
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