18 Nov Drop Everything and Read
How do we learn to read well? We see the word, we hear the word and we remember the word. Our brains are magical computers remembering thousands of words, their meanings and what they sound like. The way we get better at reading, is to learn new words and hear their sounds.
This November, Highbury Grove has launched a whole school reading programme called Drop Everything and Read. All tutor groups from Year 7 to Year 11 have dropped everything and are reading the Pulitzer prize winning classic, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Teachers are reading aloud and students get a chance to listen to the story while silently reading along. Reading to children puts them 1 year ahead of those who aren’t being read to, so we are taking every opportunity to ensure that our students are the best readers they can be.
Reading aloud is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. It creates pleasure. So take every opportunity to improve your literacy and Drop Everything and Read at home too.
Watch out for whole school events, activities and competitions on Show My Homework. There are certificates and fantastic prizes on offer to students taking part and the more you participate, the more chance you stand of winning the star prize.