Posted on January 12th 2018
A Novel Way to Encourage Reading
The school day is changing for students at Harris Battersea to incorporate a reading lesson in a bid to improve reading standards across the school.
Designated ‘Reading Sessions’ have been introduced by the English department as a way of developing a love for the written word and further embedding the 'Reading School' culture we aspire to.
The daily reading sessions allow students twenty minutes of uninterrupted silent reading from a book of their choice, with the opportunity for peer discussion as well as support and encouragement from teachers who have also been challenged to spend more time reading for enjoyment.
Each student from Year 7 – 10 has completed an online reading test which works out their reading age, and all the books in the library have been colour coded to allow students to choose from a range of titles suitable for their level. Progress points are awarded to each student as they complete an online quiz following the completion of a book.
Assistant Principal Miss Patel said, “As an English teacher I am passionate about seeing our students develop a love for reading, grow in their ability to do it well and incorporate it into their everyday. The benefits of being well read are boundless and I look forward with to seeing how much of a positive impact this new strategy has”.