This half term, our focus is on the promotion of reading. Research tells us that:
- Reading is crucial in terms of educational attainment and social mobility.
- Children who read for pleasure make more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.
- A decline in leisure reading between the ages of 10 and 16 suggests the need to support teenagers’ reading.
(Sullivan, A and Brown, M’ (2013) Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading'. CLS Working Paper, Institute of Education, University of London)
To try and address this, the following activities are taking place in school:
To remind students of the services on offer and how to borrow and return books, we have arranged for each student to have an induction session during their English lesson. Each student will select and borrow a book which should be brought to school on a daily basis.
Get Caught Reading
This initiative is as simple as it sounds! Students who ‘Get Caught Reading’ by staff will be entered into a monthly prize draw. The more times they get caught, the better their chance of being a winner!
Drop Everything and Read
In one form time each week, students will read for 20 minutes during form time. It is every student’s responsibility to ensure that they have a suitable book with them for use during this time. Library books can be provided for this in the induction sessions mentioned above but suitable reading material can be brought into school from home if students wish to do so.
Library Leaders are crucial to the smooth running of Wakefield City Academy Library and Resource Centre. Both KS3 and KS4 students are involved , assisting Ms Kitson and Mrs Batty with a range of tasks including: lending and returning books, competitions, focus weeks etc.
Reading Leaders is a new initiative for 2016/2017. Y9 students were selected, via a rigorous process, to be trained as peer mentors to help develop the reading skills of a group of fourteen Year 7s. The first cohort are currently benefitting from this intervention and both mentors and mentees are having fun developing their skills.
Tara McKinnon – Literacy Coordinator