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.

What’s going on in the English Department now?

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Jan 172016
 

The English Department in 2016

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a peaceful holiday and are refreshed for a 2016. Take a look at the low down for English this half term.

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 or progress.

 

Year 7                 Elizabeth Mcguire-Wheately

Year 8                 Chloe Tuckwell

Year 9                 Melissa Donaghue

Year 10               Jemma McCarthy

Year 11               Kayla Chen

Year 12               Katie Lloyd

 

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 get blogging!

Year 8 are learning how to write to advise this half term and some will have the opportunity to show off their skills and talents by posting their advice on the school blog. Look out for new blog posts coming up!

 

Year 9 get reporting!

Year 9 are exploring journalism this half term. Some will have the opportunity to interview some of the staff who will be attempting the ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ to raise money for the school library. More information to follow this half term.

 

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.

 

‘Where will your book take you?’:

Thanks to those who have already got started with this by handing in some great photos of you reading in original places. Keep an eye out over the next year and bring in your pictures! So far we have got as far as Portugal!

 

Here is a reminder of the project.

 

We are keen to see where your book takes you! Take a photograph of you reading your book in unusual places and hand in to your English teacher. This is an ongoing opportunity so keep thinking as you go out at weekends and on holidays. Check the board as you come up to English to see where books have taken other students and your teachers! How far round the world will we get?

Now What’s Going On In The English Department?

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Nov 092015
 

Autumn 2 English blog

Hello and welcome back after half term! We hope you all had a restful week off and are now getting ready for the run up to Christmas. Take a look at the low down for English this half term.

Student of the Half Term

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their effort, commitment, contributions or progress.

Year 7                 Sophie Coleman

Year 8                 Alice Baldwin

Year 9                 Esme O’Connell

Year 10               Emma Crockett

Year 11               Chelsea Samushonga

Year 12               Iram Ali

 

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

 

Functional Skills November Entries

Good luck to some of our year 12 students who will be sitting their Functional Skills exams this November. This is a great opportunity to gain a qualification in the use of the English language in everyday contexts such as writing a personal statement or letter.

 

‘Word of the Week’ challenge

Each week you will be given a new ‘Word of the Week’ in pastoral time, which is also displayed in every classroom. Get talking about it with your pastoral group- how many times can you use it that week?!

 

‘Where will your book take you?’:

Thanks to those who have already got started with this by handing in some great photos of you reading in original places. Keep an eye out over the next year and bring in your pictures!

Here is a reminder of the project.

We are keen to see where your book takes you! Take a photograph of you reading your book in unusual places and hand in to your English teacher. This is an ongoing opportunity so keep thinking as you go out at weekends and on holidays. Check the board as you come up to English to see where books have taken other students and your teachers! How far round the world will we get?