The English Department are delighted to have introduced two exciting new reading platforms to our students this academic year.
The first of these programs is Bedrock Learning which is primarily focused on the development of student vocabulary through a wide range of reading activities across a variety of text types. We have introduced Bedrock to the vast majority of students in the school, with students in Year 7 to 12 now having access to this wonderful online learning resource. Students have a weekly target of 20 points which they can obtain by completing two online lessons. For many students, this target will form part of their weekly English homework, though it is a strong recommendation that all students with access, do complete activities to help them achieve a minimum of twenty points. At BVIS we passionately believe in helping our students become truly bilingual by the time they graduate and assisting students in the development of the breadth of their vocabulary is one of the key foundations for ensuring students achieve this. Another strength of the Bedrock platform is that parents are able to receive updates regarding their child’s weekly progress towards targets. In order to do this, parents need to register their email address with Bedrock and enter an individual code.
If you’d like support with this process, please contact Mr James Webb Head of English Department at James.firstname.lastname@example.org
Another way we are helping students engage with a wide variety of reading opportunities is through the First News iHub. All students in Key Stage 3 now have an account to this brilliant interactive online newspaper. At the start of every week, new topical stories are released alongside engaging reading activities, which help check students understanding of the content they are reading. First News iHub introduces students to stories from all around the world and helps develop their global perspectives, encouraging them to become stronger Global Citizens.
Parental engagement with children about reading, has been proven to have a really positive impact, so we would encourage you all to have conversations with your children about what they are reading and learning through their reading.
Later in the year we are planning to provide parents with the opportunity to attend a session at which you can learn more about both of the programs above, as well as other strategies designed to help your child’s language development. Further information regarding this event will be communicated nearer the time.
If you would like to learn more about these platforms, please follow the links below: