First reading week develops life skillPosted: 30th January 2021
A week devoted to reading helped young people to develop the key life skill.
Epping St John’s Church of England School held its first Reading Week to promote the long-term benefits of reading.
Faye Clarke, lead practitioner, said: “Reading is such an important life skill; it strengthens our creativity, broadens our vocabulary and allows us to engage in topical conversations.
“We want our students to have the best chance at being successful, not just while they’re with us at Epping St John’s, but beyond that. We want our students to become successful in any career path they choose and reading will help them on that journey.
“Knowing this, we have embarked upon our first Reading Week. This will give every department the chance to celebrate the importance of reading.”
During the week, reading was celebrated in all subjects with students challenged to read texts relating to the topics they were studying in class.
The Reading Race initiative saw students read, watch or listen to pieces to engage them beyond the curriculum.
They were given a selection of nine readings by subject teachers to engage with outside of the lesson to gain a deeper understanding of the topic.
For each one they completed, students gained ACE reward points which can be used to buy treats at the end of the year.
Reading Week will now be held regularly at the school