“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope” Kofi Annan
At Frederick Bremer School we recognise that Literacy is central to all learning. The school has embarked on an ambitious drive to improve the Literacy levels of all its students. To compliment and enhance the Literacy strategy this term we are focusing on promoting the huge benefits of finding time each day to read for pleasure. Did you know that reading regularly for just 10 minutes a day is proven to significantly impact, not just on Literacy levels, but on achievement across the curriculum?
A recent large scale study from the Institute of Education, for example, demonstrated a close correlation between reading for pleasure and improved achievement in maths! Another report, from the Oxford University Press, highlighted that children who read outside of the class room are 13 times more likely to have a reading age above expected
Word of the Week (WoW)
Every week we have a Word of the Week, which encourages the pupils to practice using a a wider range of words and understand their meanings.
This weeks WOW is:
Reading is Everywhere
So how are we promoting reading for pleasure? Below are just some of our current initiatives:
Read Everywhere Campaign – the school is gradually becoming filled with images of teachers and students showing you can, indeed, read anywhere.
Inspiring Choices – each classroom door has a reading notice indicating what text the teacher is currently enjoying.
Little Free Libraries
Many of you will have noticed the Little Free Libraries that have popped up around E17. It is a fantastic initiative which promotes reading and the sharing of free books.
We were very excited to be the first school in the country to install our very own Little Free Library. You can find it in our foyer so pupils, parents and visitors to the school are able to see it, use it and share their books. It has proved very popular in its first year with over 250 books passing through its doors!
Wednesday Reading Drop in Club
So how can you promote reading for pleasure at home?
How about joining your local library? Read about how and why joining a library is so valuable here: http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/join-library-together.
Discuss regularly with your children what they are currently reading and make recommendations of books you have enjoyed. Create a library of books at home. Perhaps for your child’s next present you, or others, could buy them a book. Here is a link:http://www.theguardian.com/books/series/building-a-children-s-library which suggests how you could create an age appropriate library at home.
Encourage your child to visit the online reading community http://www.theguardian.com/books/teen-books. Here there are fascinating articles, book blogs and reading competitions that your child will really enjoy.