Summer Reading: Avoid the Summer Dip

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!

 

 

After all…..

 

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Year 6 induction days

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.

I set them all a challenge to read 6 books over the long summer holidays and promoted the Public Libraries Reading Scheme.

Here are the slides….

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 .

Summer Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Students,

 

 

Whilst you are sunning yourselves on the beach, or huddled together under a dripping umbrella, over the long, long summer holidays, please keep you bright minds in tip-top condition by doing a bit of reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be beaten by that summer time monster – the “Summer Dip”, instead borrow some books from the MRC to keep you going, entertained and enthralled over the long summer break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As long as you have no overdue books you’ll be able to borrow over the break  – go on find something good to read.

Just ask if you want some recommendations!

Ms. M!

 

 

 

Welcome back to all returning students!

 
So we are full capacity today with all year groups in, and there is a buzz in the air as everyone swaps holiday stories, catches up with the gossip and compares timetables.

 

So what has been your holiday story?

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

I have re-read an old favourite of mine – all the “Anne of Green Gables” books and all in the right order, then I gave Stephanie Meyers Twilight Series a go – and have just started “Eclipse”.

What have you been reading?

Twilight Series

Twilight Series

Please come in and tell us about the really good book (and that dodgy one you couldn’t finish), as we do like to ‘talk books’.

Perfect things to Read over the Summer holidays

Students, and staff, are encouraged to borrow books from the MRC over the Summer Break.

The more reading you manage to do over the holiday period the less likely your reading level will drop.

After all practice makes perfect and reading is just like any other skill if you don’t practice you can get rusty.

Radleys book cover

 

Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn’t be uncovered…Rowan and Clara think they are ordinary teenagers. They live quietly with their ordinary Mum and Dad doing all the things that their friends do. But, the Radley parents are hiding a secret; they are abstaining vampires and, one day, their abstinence will fail. Rowan’s teenage anxieties and sense of being an outsider take on a whole new dimension in this insight story of adolescence with a difference.Book cover

 

 

 

A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away in the heart of the Amazon jungle. She’s excited by the prospect of living such an inspiring place but soon finds that life with her twin cousins Gwendolyn and Beatrice is torture. How Maia escapes and thrives with the help of her redoubtable governess is a glorious drama against a magical background.

 

front cover

 

An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime – and that’s just for the witness. When Ty tells the police what he has seen, his life is changed forever. His enemies are ruthless and will stop at nothing to prevent Ty from testifying. Given a new look, new names and a new past, Ty and his mother make a fresh start. But forgetting Ty and remembering to be Joe is hard. Ty tells his story of familiar teenage experiences – school friendships, bullying, falling in love – against a terrifying background in which letting out the secret could mean the end. How Joe survives and grows and, in particular, how he befriends the lonely Claire whose self-harming is an equally important secret, is touching.

Perfect things to Read over the Summer Holiday….

Students, and staff, are encouraged to borrow books from the MRC over the Summer Break.

The more reading you manage to do over the holiday period the less likely your reading level will drop.

After all practice makes perfect and reading is just like any other skill if you don’t practice you can get rusty.

Cover of reckless

Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful new imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, story-filled world in which danger is never very far away. When Jacob mistakenly allows his brother to follow him through the mirror he discovers the awesome powers he is working against and needs to use all his skill and cunning to save his brother from a horrible death as he is gradually turned to stone. Cornelia Funke’s original storytelling captures the hearts and minds of all young readers.

To visit the ‘Reckless’ website where you can see the official trailer and interviews with Cornelia Funke, click here

Cover of Time Riders

This is a thrilling action adventure which hurtles across time and place at breakneck speed. Three children are on the bring of death: Liam is about to drown as the Titanic sinks in 1912, Maddy is on an aeroplane fitted with a device which will destroy it in 2010 while Sal looks set to die in a fire in 2026. Each is offered a deal which means saying goodbye to their old lives… for a price. Meeting up and working together, the three make an unbeatable team fighting to save the world from imminent disaster.

Click here to visit the Time Riders website and here to see all the Time Riders books.

  

Cover for White crowShortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011

Packed full of suspense, this is a tingling and chilling Gothic thriller in which nothing can quite be taken for granted. Rebecca is forced to abandon her bustling life in London for the unfamiliar village of Winterfold. So different from home, she finds it lonely and claustrophobic. When she meets Ferelith things begin to change and Rebecca soon finds herself caught up in a terrifying mystery from which there seems to be no escape. Marcus Sedgwick weaves several story strands together in this macabre tale.

 
 

More Summer Reading Suggestions next week!