Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar.

   Literacy Matters


“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


Inspiring Choices – each classroom door has a reading notice indicating what text the teacher is currently enjoying.

  Inspiring Choices   Currently Reading


     Little Free Libraries


 Little Free Library

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


Reading 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.




Welcome to our new year 7!

We all know that reading for pleasure is fantastic and has huge benefits for us.  It helps us to escape, to broaden our horizons and ideas, to extend our imagination and to improve our literacy. As our Literacy Co-ordinator, Ms Kelly, says ‘Reading is not only vital to our children’s academic future but crucial to enriching their lives. 

In an age of the internet and computer games, seeing pupils engaged in the simple pleasure of selecting and then reading a book is wonderful”. 
Our hugely popular “Reading is Fundamental” is now in its third year and in the coming weeks each year 7 student will be lucky enough to select a free book of their choice to read and enjoy at home. Students will be involved in deciding the shortlist. Last year’s selection are below:


Reading is Fundamental photo


  Accelerated Reader Years 7 and 8


Accelerated Reader stars


   Accelerated Reader

All students in year 7 and 8 do Accelerated Reader, a fantastic online programme which helps them choose independent reading books at the right level and rewards them for their reading. More information about Accelerated Reader will be provided at the forthcoming Parents’ Information Evening (please see calendar for date) or you are welcome to speak to Ms Kelly our Literacy Co-ordinator if you would like more details about the programme.


All Students in KS3 are expected to have a current, appropriate reading book with them at all times. Students are given an opportunity to read their own book during a weekly English lesson and, for year 7 and 8 students, in every registration. Students should also aim to read at home for at least 20 minutes every day.


The LRC is open daily from 8am until 4pm for students to borrow and return books and take Accelerated Reader quizzes. If you would like to check whether a book from home or a local library is on the programme please use the following link: www.arbookfind.co.uk

Paired Reader Photo


   Paired Reader


Congratulations to our Year 10 paired reading tutors who successfully completed the training programme and the intensive one to one support tutorials with some of our Year 8 students.

All the students involved showed great commitment to the programme and the feedback was extremely positive. One tutee said that “being able to discuss my book choices and practise my reading really helped me to get back into reading. I really appreciated the support of my year 10 tutor and their book recommendations were excellent.”

The programme is now in its third successful year.  It has huge benefits for both tutors and tutees.


Benefits for the Year 10 tutor

• Development of interpersonal skills through experiencing a deeper sense of responsibility, dedication and pride in being able to help a peer
• Improved speaking and listening skills through asking meaningful questions and active listening
• Improved attitudes to reading for pleasure and increased amount of reading outside of school
• Increased sense of belonging in the school community

Benefits for the tutee

• Improved reading attainment – decoding and     comprehension of words and text
• Increased confidence and enjoyment of reading
• Improved attitudes to reading for pleasure and increased amount of reading outside of school
• Interaction with a positive peer role model – learning from their positive behaviour
• Personal 1-to-1 attention, allowing them to work at their own pace
• Increased sense of belonging in the school community


The recruitment and training process for our new year 10 tutors will begin in October.


 Maze Runner


   The Maze Runner: Have you read the book?


“The book behind the hit film is a punchy, original thrill ride” The Telegraph


The Maze Runner is the first book in a trilogy written by the American author James Dashner. First published in 2009, the similarities between The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner are striking. In all the setting is a post-apocalyptic world with an authoritarian regime, secondly a young teenage hero or heroine decides to fight against the rulers, and finally the heroes are tested in a trial and have to fight for life or death. But The Maze Runner manages to feel remarkably fresh. It’s punchy, tense and, crucially, original.


In The Hunger Games the hero, Katniss Everdeen, and the world the story plays in, Panem, are introduced at the beginning and only later in the book do the actual terrifying trials start. In contrast, The Maze Runner catapults the reader directly into the middle of the trial and as the title says, a seemingly unsolvable maze must be solved.


The book opens with a boy. He can remember his name, Thomas, but that’s all he can remember: everything important has been wiped clean. He finds himself in “the Glade”, a farmstead and camp at the centre of a towering stone maze. A group of teenagers, all males, have made a makeshift life for themselves there. Like Thomas, none of them have any real memories of their previous lives, although there’s a barely spoken, horrific suggestion that the lives they’ve come from might have been even worse than the ones they’re living now.


At night, the maze grinds shut. Vicious monsters known as Grievers – semi-mechanical “gigantic slugs”, covered in deadly spikes and needles – prowl its twists and turns. The priority for the boys is to survive, and to find a way out of the maze.
Dashner's clean, vivid prose gives the action passages a video-game like intensity, although there’s enough visceral detail to stop things ever feeling too artificial. Language itself also becomes vitally important: the boys' speech is peppered with made-up words – “klunk”, “shuck” and “shank” – that highlight their isolation. Even their names are revealed to be a clue – albeit an unguessable one – to the secret behind their predicament.


Anyone looking for "the next Hunger Games" would do well to get lost in Dashner's maze.

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