Three times a week Year 7 and Year 10 students participate in the Reading challenge in the library in the mornings. It has been so valuable for both groups of students and we thank year 10 students to volunteer their time to be apart of the Reading Challenge.
The Library has been very busy since the start of term and many of our students are making use of the range of facilities. It is open at break and lunch every day and after school until 4.30 for homework club Monday to Thursday. Every student is an automatic member of Ernulf’s Library and they can borrow up to three books for three weeks. We have a wide choice of fiction, non-fiction, graphics novels and poetry and we have 200 new books on the shelves waiting to be discovered.
All students in years 7 and 8 are enrolled on the Accelerated Reader programme which expects them to read for at least 15 minutes every day. Once they have finished a book they take a short quiz on the computer to check how much they have understood and this rewards them with point towards a target. They can also add up how many words they have read and several students are well on their way to being word millionaires already since September.
We have found that this can motivate students to read more which has a positive impact on all their subjects and is a valuable life skill.