Here at BISS Puxi, we take student feedback seriously and, having questioned the students who participated last year, it became clear that most of our students loved the collaborative nature of a reading list that everyone is working on but that the book choices available from the Panda Awards were not varied or challenging enough.
We all know that students who read will always attain higher results in all subjects as it improves their thinking and analytical skills as well as improving their social awareness and vocabulary. Therefore, we wanted to give the students a scheme they would be excited about and be proud to be part of.
Not a department known for doing things by halves, we decided to go for choice galore. By trawling top seller lists, young adult book awards lists and recommendations from students, teachers and parents we have created a BISS Puxi reading award scheme entitled ‘The 100’. Students have a huge choice of over 100 carefully selected reads and can even choose some of their own.
To encourage students to make connections with other ambitious readers across the world, we have also incorporated the new Global Classroom reading list of 20 texts. Students will be encouraged to blog online about these texts and discuss them with their international peers.
Not only will students choose their books, they will also choose their level of challenge. The Grounders will be aiming to read 10 books; the High Flyers will be aiming for 15; the Hardcores are aiming for 20 and the Extreme Literati are aiming for 30 books in one year!
Finally, to develop their reading and writing skills and encourage our students to apply the skills they are learning in English lessons, we have also included 100 reading or writing based challenges to help them develop their skills.
Throughout the year, there will be various activities and challenges connected to ‘The 100’ to make it interesting, engaging and most importantly interactive.
We want parents, siblings, peers and teachers to keep the buzz going with ‘The 100’ and keep asking what are you reading? What kind of reader are you this year? How many books have you read so far?
Gemma Treeby, Head of English