Y7 Reading challenges to inspire our new students this term.


If you remember, after Easter we set our Y7 students a couple of Reading Challenges to encourage them to read a little more and to get to the end of their books. In class we wrote detailed reading reviews and for homework each student completed one of the challenges on our list:

Activities for blog

The best were rewarded with a valuable scratch n sniff bookmark of their choice and many have been used for our display to inspire our incoming group in September and to show off our work during Open Evening.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Overall, the challenge did increase reading, and certainly encouraged many students to plough through to the end; something many find difficult. It also demanded a response to what they had read, again difficult for some who are actually just going through the motions and not really absorbing what they are reading.

We are now looking to incorporate challenge from the very beginning of Y7 Reading Lessons so we can emphasise that reading is a continual part of homework and to encourage a response to what has been read. Reading Passports are becoming Reading Journals with space to record thoughts throughout the year.

Watch this space:






Looking for a good read this summer?

Year 7s are receiving their last Reading Lesson this fortnight and hopefully many of them are using their Library allocation to ensure they have plenty of reading material for the Summer Holiday.

To help choose, they have received a list of suggested titles which have proved popular with other students in their year group over the past 10 months. Click on the link below for a digital version:

summer reading cover 2017Summer reading 2017

Zoella’s books are still really popular in the school library and if you haven’t already found her Book Club, check out the Youtube video below to see her recommending books by other authors that she has enjoyed. If you don’t get round to tracking them down over the summer they will be waiting here for you in September.