Summer Reading Challenge 2012 winners!

Better late than never….. Here is a short extract of some of our students who managed to complete the Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge last year. It was great that the Public Libraries were able to let us know who finished this time, as they haven’t been able to do this in previous years.

So here is a glimpse of some of our students receiving their certificates, medals and a reward from the MRC.

Summer reading challenge 2012 completers.

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What is your attitude to reading?

If you are in Year 7, you may have noticed something strange going on during your MRC lessons, and no I’m not talking about my dancing!

Some Year 7 students have disappeared…… only to be found with myself or Mrs Bothamley quietly chatting………

You may be wondering “What’s that all about?”

Well I can reveal all…..

As part of our mission to help you all become better readers we are attempting to meet with each of you over the next term, or so. This may take a little bit of time as there is rather a lot of you! (350+)

The chat, I hope, isn’t too scary, and so far I’ve had lots of interesting conversations with many of you.

Here are two things I can share with you that

come up repeatedly.

1. To improve your reading (making it easier) doesn’t take 5 hours or more each day as many of you think! But only 10-15 minutes. So grab your book before you go to bed and read a chapter or two. That’s it. Simples.

Do this everyday, or most days, and abracadabra over a month or so you should see/feel a difference. Keep it up and over many months and you’ll notice a huge difference. Promise!

 

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2. If you can’t find something “good” to read, then do not fear! It can be a bit difficult walking into the MRC and being surrounded by all those books – where to start? If only there was an expert around to help….. Oh yeah! there is!

 

All you have to do is be a little bit brave and ask one of us. Mrs Bothamley and I are especially keen to suggest books we think you might like. Plus we won’t get upset if you reject some of the books we show you. No really – come and give it a try. We won’t bite! (Well it hasn’t happened yet!)

 

So if you haven’t had a chat yet, be patient, and we’ll get to you soon!

 

 

Malcolm Rose visits TDA as part of our STEM Festival

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Malcolm Rose spent the morning with three of our year 7 groups, a Science class, an English class and a Maths class. In these workshops he talked about where he gets his inspiration, namely through developing current scientific ideas and making them bigger and better. The students where then challenged to think of a scientific theme they could include into a story and went onto to create mind maps, and to write a reader grabbing start to their story.

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During the tutor periods he chatted to some of our students who regard themselves as not very enthusiastic readers, who ended up asking for Malcolms’ signature!

The day ended with Malcolm giving a STEM lecture about his Jordan Stryker books and his bionic arm. The highlight was when Malcolm produced a real bionic hand, it is both fascinating and creepy at the same time, and the audience of students and parents were keen to look and touch, some of the students got the opportunity to shake the hand!

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The MRC is supporting this years STEM festival by organising an author visit by Malcolm Rose. He gets his inspiration from the world of science, and incorporates possible future developments into his writing. He writes adventure stories, thrillers and murder mysteries each with a scientific flavour. He’ll be delivering some workshops tomorrow, meeting some of our less enthusiastic readers, and presenting a lecture in the afternoon. Should be good!

The lecture starts at 3pm and is FREE to all, even parents are welcome, come and find us in the lecture theatres.