14 Feb Reading Initiatives
Mr Tim Waltho, the Academy librarian, in collaboration 4 Tipton Libraries, has launched some fantastic initiatives to get our students reading more, expand our students’ range of reading and open them up to new writing styles, cultures and perspectives in addition to improving their reflective thinking and critical evaluation of texts and written communication skills.
“I have enjoyed taking part in the 20 Book Challenge because it has increased my knowledge and shown me that I like reading different book genres such as ‘horror’ and ‘detective.
So far I have read eleven books and blogged about them and have been reading much more at home. My favourite book so far has to be the detective novel ‘Skulduggery Pleasant,’ because I thought it was action-packed but still a mystery until the end.
The 20 Book challenge has changed my view on reading by showing me that I like some books that I thought I wouldn’t like.”
Ricardo, Yr 7
RSA Academy Reading Mentors
In order to create a safe, enjoyable and consistent reading environment for our weaker readers in KS3 and to nurture a love of reading, twenty year 12 students are taking part in the newly launched reading mentor scheme. The sixth form students meet with twenty Year 7 students once a week for 30 minutes, listen to them read, help correct the pronunciation of mispronounced words, check comprehension and offer definitions of unknown words, ask questions relating to the text to check comprehension of plot, character and theme and help their readers choose new books based upon their interests and the proficiency with which they are reading.
“Since the start of November I have been reading every Thursday morning in the LRC with my Reading mentor, Joana. She is very friendly and is helping me to get my reading levels up “
Harriet, Year 7
“I have been reading with Georgina since before Christmas. It has helped me a lot with my reading. She has helped with my English and grammar and to read books like ‘Goosebumps.“
Kayl, Year 7
“In November I started going to the LRC every week to improve my reading. This has helped me a lot because I struggled to read before but now I can read much better. I am currently reading ‘Matilda.’ I enjoy reading a lot more than before.”
Olivia, Year 7