Long Buckby Junior School

  1. Life at the School
  2. Angus

Angus the Reading (and so much more) Dog...

Hello everyone!  My name is Angus and I have the pleasure of coming to LBJS every week to listen to all of the lovely stories that the fantastic children of Long Buckby read to me. It really makes my week...

I'm very well looked after here.  I have my own bed and bowl in my very own 'Reading Den' where the children can sit and relax with me on comfy beanbags.  This is my friend Kory, he's been reading to me for almost a whole year!

Kory says, " Angus makes me feel happy. He's a good listener. I love giving him a little gravy bone after we've read together."

What Angus loves about reading is the fact that it can be done ANY time of the day - not just at school... Angus says you can read:
When you wake up
fter breakfast
When you first get in from school
Whilst dinner is in the oven
Straight after a meal
During bath time
Right before bed
The possibilities are endless!

This is me with my new friend, Jack.  He read a book to me about a black Labrador who likes sticks - just like me.  So we went outside to play with sticks too... such fun!

I always enjoy Tyler's stories...He loves Horrid Henry, so do I. Tyler likes to tickle my ears as he reads.

Tyler says...'I think it's great reading with Angus because he is a child-friendly dog.  I enjoy reading with him, I love stroking him.'

May 2019

"Exciting times this month.  It's been great helping Year 6 with their SATs revision.  They've worked so hard...I'm very proud of them all" Angus

"I like doing revision with Angus because if you are stressed he can calm you down." Ciaran

"I like revising with Angus because he helps me concentrate and it is fun to have cuddles with him." Charlotte

"I like revising with Angus because it's calming and relaxing." Phoebe

"Angus is really helpful when I am revising." Philip

"Revision with Angus is fun and calming." Layla

"I like revising with Angus because he's a good boy and likes being fussed." Reuben

"I like revising with Angus, as if you're getting stressed at a question, he keeps you calm." Archie

When I'm not reading, I love walking in the woods.  This is me with my
best friend, Florence.

Enaisha - I like reading with Angus because he listens to me read and we both enjoy books...

Angus says did you know...

"Studies have shown that children can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group.  However when a dog enters the room, they often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as the dog is non-judgemental."

This is my friend, Lucy...She says, 'I love reading with Angus because he is a good listener and enjoys all of the stories.'

This is my good friend, Emily... She says 'Angus helps me with my confidence and makes me braver to read out aloud.'

Angus' 10 Benefits of Reading:

  1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.
    After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do - reading is no different
  2. Reading exercised our brain.
    Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV.  Reading strengthens the brains connections and builds NEW connections.
  3. Reading improves concentration.
    Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading.  If they read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
  4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.
    Through reading a variety of books, children learn about people, places and events outside of their own experiences.
  5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
    Children learn new words as they read.  Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
  6. Reading develops a child's imagination.
    As we read, our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures.  While we are engaged in a story, we are also imagining how a character is feeling.  Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
  7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.
    As children develop, they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
  8. Reading is fun.
    A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you can take it anywhere.  You can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.
  9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.
    Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.
  10. Children who read achieve better in school.
    Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English.  Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.