- 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, the students were surprised on Sunday to find all Primary staff were dressed a character from magical story. Mr Allan’s transformation from teacher to Mr Underpants was a highlight, as was Mr Barnett’s frightening interpretation of Voldemort! In case you missed it, photographs can be found on class dojo and the school’s facebook page.
As well as focussed on learning about a particular series of stories in each Mile Post, students have also been involved in book swaps, reading cafes, extreme reading challenges and transforming their classroom door into giant book covers. Each class has also been involved in buddy reading sessions with secondary, it has been a pleasure to witness our students both young and older sharing their love of reading in such a positive and supportive manner.
The importance of reading cannot 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 on our Parent Teacher Consultation. Even for our older primary students, it is important that they regularly read aloud at home. It is also important that they are developing their comprehension skills by completing the Accelerated Reader quizzes after finishing 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 support at home.
Living books, lifelong learning
Top 5 tips to support your child’s reading at home
Our Book Week culminates on Thursday morning with a character parade and celebration assembly. We hope to see many of your there and I look forward to seeing the many creative character costumes but more importantly, I look forward to talking to students about their favourite books, characters and authors.
Have a great week.
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary