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Drop Everything and Read

At St Bernadette's we value reading for pleasure because we know that it really helps students to widen their vocabulary and improve their comprehension skills. These are essential skills in our curriculum and growing these skills helps to prepare students for the demands of G.C.S.E. Reading effectively is also an important life skill and we believe that it is never too late to develop this skill.

As such, from the 29th of January 2018 every child in years 7, 8 & 9 will be reading a book of his / her choice for 20 minutes per day. The program is called Drop Everything and Read.

The reading will take place in lesson time and the period will change daily so that all subjects are equally involved. Your child will receive reminders about this and the schedule will be published in various places around the school. All your child needs to do is remember to have a reading book and his / her reading bookmark, as these items become essential equipment as from 22nd January.

Books can of course be borrowed from the school library, which is open daily from 1.45pm until 2.05pm. We have also set up a book swap system, where children can bring in an old book from home which they have read and swap it from one of the other books from our “Trading Post” which will be based next to the school equipment shop.

If your child does not have a book or his / her bookmark he / she will receive a 20 minutes red card detention. Our school expectations are to be prepared and to be responsible and being properly equipped will help your child to meet these expectations.

Please encourage your child to also read at home, it has been proven that at least 20 minutes reading per day can dramatically improve a child’s reading ability, which will in turn help your child to make better progress in school.

If you have any books which you think would be suitable for our students, please send them into school as this will help us renew books at our “Trading Post”. Your support is much appreciated.

Mrs J. Whalley

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