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Year 5 and 6 Reading Survey 

In school we think it is very important that we listen to the opinions and ideas of the children. In October 2021 we conducted a survey with the year 5 and 6 children. Below is a summary of the findings and the actions we have put in place.  


What the children told usWhat we have done in school
Their favourite genres were mystery and graphic novels

In November we invested heavily in purchasing various up-to-date mystery series' which are available in the library for the children to read. 

Additionally' the school took part in a Leeds programme to increase the amount of graphic novels within Leeds schools. The library is now well stocked with relevant and applicable graphic novels. 

Children would like more time to read. Year 5 and 6 now have extended reading time twice a week in class which allows children to read a book for at least a 20 minute period. 
Over 90% of children told us that they thought Meanwood was a reading school and their teacher was a 'reader.'The improvement of the library and class reading provision , the use of class reads and investment in fiction and non-fiction books has ensured that children have an excellent reading experience in school. The school will strive to maintain the high respect that children have for reading by continuing to invest in these areas. 
Some children struggled to name more than one poet. The school has invested in new poetry books for each class in school. The half-termly poem has been given greater status in each class: appearing on the website, in newsletters and displays in the classroom. One of the Meanwood Together challenges (and house competitions) for the Autumn 2 half-term will to be to write a poem entitled 'If I were to change the world'. 
The children's favourite authors were David Walliams, Roald Dahl and Jeff Kinney.The school has a well stocked library of books by these authors; as do the the class reading areas. We are aiming to widen children's exposure to different authors therefore displays in the library highlight books by up-to-date as well as traditional children's authors.