- Reading builds vocabulary. We use language to understand our world.
- Reading develops interests. A multitude of new ideas and possibilities become apparent.
- Reading reflects humanity. We grapple with human experience in all its diversity.
- Reading introduces you. What we read helps define us to others, including universities and colleagues.
- Reading opens the world. Experiences from across the earth and beyond become ours.
- Reading boosts empathy. Our perspectives broaden, and we gain a truly global understanding.
- Reading stimulates the imagination. Literature places before us an endless feast of ideas.
- Reading creates thought. Cognitive structures develop from the mind’s diet.
- Reading reveals genius. We discover profound thoughts from the greatest minds.
This week is our Book Week, culminating with a learning showcase, character parade and celebration on Thursday. We hope to see many of you there and I look forward to seeing the many creative character costumes. What I most look forward to is talking with students about their favourite books, characters and authors.
The importance of reading can not be overstated. It is an absolutely essential skill for all students and has a positive impact on all areas of the curriculum and student attainment. Modelling a love of reading is equally important and I have been delighted to see a number of parents bring their own books to read while waiting for ECAs to finish or whilst waiting for an appointment during our Parent Teacher Consultations. Even for our older students, it is important that they are regularly reading aloud at home. It is also important that they are developing their comprehension skills by completing Accelerated Reader quizzes after completing a book.
I’d like to refer you to the following articles on Nord Anglia Education’s website linked to the importance of reading and how you can provide support at home.
Living books, lifelong learning
Top 5 tips to support your child’s reading at home
Have a great week!
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary