Aycliffe students are continuing their literary studies with special ‘reading in lockdown’ sessions during the Covid-19 crisis.
Every week Greenfield Community College is sharing an online reading document with all students, which includes reading links and ideas including items from short uplifting articles to more challenging podcasts.
Students at Greenfield can find this work posted in the ‘English’ work files along with a shared ‘reading and listening resources’ folder for students and families to dip into (see the ‘Reading Resources’ link on our webpage).
Ofsted have continually highlighted the correlation between reading, writing and the benefits it can bring across the curriculum and this is also a vital component of their ‘deep dive’ strategy in schools.
“Students at Greenfield Community College are progressing and nurturing a love of reading which will allow them to access a wide range of opportunities,” said the school.
“Improved reading ability is essential in supporting students to successfully approach the new GCSE framework, but it is also crucial in equipping our students with the vocabulary they need to become confident young adults.
“Whilst at school, time is allotted each day in T4S (Time for Success) lesson, where students are given space and time to read a book of choice and the school have worked hard to widen the range of materials available during this time with form tutors.
“There are also reading initiatives such as ‘star reading’ to enable students and staff understand and evaluate levels of reading and encourage progress. Greenfield has a well-stocked library with dedicated librarians on hand to advise and encourage students.
“Novels and plays within the curriculum are studied in-depth with many opportunities to discuss and study texts including external visits and trips to live theatre to continually inspire reading and deepen knowledge.”
More recently, to celebrate world book evening, staff have been sharing their reading on social media, releasing a video to encourage students to explore their own reading tastes and gain a light-hearted insight into the choices staff are making.
“We have also continued to mark events such as V.E. Day with reading recommendations posted on Twitter,” added the school.
Students who would like to forward their own book recommendations should email Ms. Rose.
This week the school are inviting students to enter a competition to design a National Book Token. See @GreenfieldTweet for more, there will also be an online book club and a new competition coming up.