All Year 7 and 8 have one of their English lessons in the LRC; in which they are listened to reading and encouraged to extend their reading literature. Within the sessions their teacher and/or Mrs Downey, LRC Officer, will talk to them about their reading and encourage them to choose books to stretch their vocabulary. This may include classic novels, autobiographies, non-fiction as well as current popular reads by authors such as David Walliams, Derek Landy and Cathy Cassidy.
Within our school library we are very lucky that we are able to ensure all current popular reads are available for our students to access. We encourage them to tell us what they are currently reading and what books they would like us to stock.
All students are issued with a Reading Log at the beginning of each term which records the sessions in the LRC, and they are encouraged to read as much as possible outside school. Their reading log entries will not only include what they have read, but also their own analysis of the story, language, character and the setting.
Every term prizes are awarded for the best, and most improved, log within each class. At the end of the year a ‘Reading Star’ is presented to the best in the class.
Year 7 & 8 were set an ‘Extreme Reading’ challenge over the summer holidays, watch this video to see the results.
Here are some of the comments made by students last year:
“With reading out loud my confidence grew”
“It is nice to have quiet time to enjoy my reading”
“It is nice to discover new words and develop my vocabulary”
“Something to always look forward to. A chance for quiet reading and wind down”
“Reading lessons have helped my confidence grow and have allowed me to share my passion for books with others.”