It is well documented that over the long Summer Holidays the reading ages of students can and does drop.
This puts you at the disadvantage of having to play catch-up when you come back next academic year.
To stay ahead of the game, and keep your reading levels the same – or even increasing all you need to do is keep reading.
One book a week, of your choice, is a great challenge to set yourself. Borrow a few from the MRC, read some of your favourite books from home; pop into your local library and experiment with new authors.
What ever you do happy holidays and keep reading!
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As an end of Academic year activity I challenge each of my Year 7 students to answer 20 questions – some easier than others.
So they have to pick out keywords; decide where to look; find the subject index; or use Oliver; remember where the encylopedias are; and then remember how to use some or all of these methods of finding information.
Some questions are easier than others; some students remember more than others but they all have ago and it is great to see the change in their confidence from when they first started at the start of the Academic year.
Our brand new and shining Year 6’s have been with us here at the Academy yesterday and today.
Arhhh – bless them!
Apart from getting lost in such a large school they have been asessed and have taken part in some example lessons.
For instance in Geography the MRC has been working with year 6 students to find out about countries around the world and have been looking at some basic Information Literacy skills such as using contents, index and scanning for information.
Later in the day I give a short presentation to parents at their ‘induction’ – again emphasising the importance to keep reading over the summer, and and few tips on how to support their child to enjoy reading .