Why should we read?

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Feb 242016


Chloe in Year 8, explains why we need to read.

Do we have to read every day? Does it really matter if you read or not as you are not going to read every day when you are an adult as you will be too busy? Is it important to be able to read? If you don’t need to read now but you need to be able to read to get a job why can’t you read later?

A study completed in London has found out that the more you read the bigger your brain gets and the bigger your brain gets the smarter you get. 99% of people need to be able to read to get a good job. 100% of people who didn’t read or practise reading regretted it when they were older. Reading can help you with the littlest of things like going out for dinner, you need to be able to read to know what to order off the menu. Whilst it may seem easier to just go and play and read at school, you need to read at home, the more practice the better. I know it’s hard to fit reading in with relaxing but what is more important- reading or play? You might regret it! I have noted that most of you enjoy playing instruments and singing, you need to be able to read the words to the song or read the notes.

I now that for many of you this may seem boring, frustrating and a waste of time but reading can help you with the littlest of things.


 Here are a few top tips to make your life a little easier:

  • Start by reading for only 5 minutes, then when you’re ready then move up 10 minutes.
  • Choose a book to your reading ability. Don’t pick a book just because you like the look of it (never judge a book by its cover) as you will get frustrated as you can’t read the words and you will not enjoy books as you will struggle with it.
  • Have a set time for reading and playing for example read at 5:00 and play 6:00

So after finding out that you need to read every day to get a good job, you should try to read every day. Try it out you will be relieved you did. And remember it will help you so much later on. You may think your parents are not nice or kind for telling you to stop playing just to read but they are helping you for the future. Try it out. It maybe more fun than you think!

What’s going on in the English Department now?

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Feb 242016

Student of the Half Term
Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their
effort, commitment, contributions in class.

Year 7 Leia
Year 8 Molly
Year 9 Susannah
Year 10 Sophie H
Year 11 Georgia
Year 12 Tiffany

A huge well done to these girls who should be proud of this achievement and whose names are displayed in the English corridor.

Year 8 and Other Cultures!
Year 8 are looking at poems from other cultures this half term. First they will be looking at what makes British culture. For example fish and chips by the seaside or a roast dinner on a Sunday! If you have an object from another culture- bring it in to show your English class.

Year 9 and Texts Across Time
Year 9 are spending this half term looking at extracts written in different times for example the 1800s or 1900s. Do you have a favourite story from a different time? Do you have a letter or artefact from a different time? Bring it in to share with your English class.

Good luck to year 11
Year 11 are now in the final months of preparation towards either WJEC Entry Level qualification or WJEC GCSE Language. We wish them luck and encourage them to stay motivated in this time.

Home Learning
If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.

Safer Internet Day 2016

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Feb 092016

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Here at school we have been comparing the effects of posting nasty messages compared to kind messages.  We have been put in the “hot seat” to see how it feels and we have made our own pledges to use the Internet in a positive way.  You will see our shareaheart tweets all week as we continue with this theme.

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In addition, older pupils have been considering the more dangerous side of the Internet and have learned about the sad and worrying story of Breck Bednar as told in the BBC’s Murder Games.  You can read about this in the latest newsletter from school but also you can still watch the programme via BBC iplayer.


How will you play your part?