As an academy, we are passionate about the power of the written word and the importance of reading to enrich our lives. Literacy is a key element of learning and is used in every subject within education. Furthermore, literacy is an important aspect in everyday life, whether reading fiction for pleasure or for more practical reasons such as current news, manuals, recipes, and so forth.
We are overjoyed to announce our brand new E-Library. All students (and staff) now have access to hundreds of e-books which can be read from phones, tablets, laptops or computers. This means that no child needs to be without a book. Research from before the pandemic showed that reading can be very good for mental health through both escapism and being able to relate to characters within a story. Now the whole world has come to the same conclusion and reading has never been more popular. Additionally, reading increases intelligence, literacy skills and general knowledge. There has never been a better time to read!
We have selected books from a wide range of genres and interests and also a wide range of abilities from low reading ability all the way up to A Level recommended reads. All the books, (with the possible exception of some of the classics), can be quizzed on Accelerated Reader.
Due to current Covid19 restrictions, sadly students are unable to use our beautiful library. Please could all library books borrowed before lockdown be returned to form tutors who will contact Mrs Wilkinson to collect them? Students in Year 7 & Year 8 are treated to 30 minutes silent reading every day from 12:30-13:00. Where possible, students should bring their own book. Alternatively, books can be ordered from the library for delivery to form rooms. Instructions on how to order paperback books are here: How to reserve your library book for delivery to your form. Any problems contact Mrs Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accelerated Reader is an exciting reading programme for all of our KS3 students. After reading each book, students sit a fun computer generated quiz which gives them the opportunity to gather points and win prizes. Competitions run between classes and between individual students. As part of the programme, books in the library are labelled with their reading level and age group suitability, making books far more accessible and therefore enjoyable for every individual reader.
STAR Reading Tests
At the beginning of every term, all KS3 students will sit a STAR test to discover their current reading age and measure their progress. This test will also give them their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). The range within which students make the most progress. It is advisable but not mandatory to stay within their ZPD range.