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Reading at Home
Although this is undoubtedly a difficult time for our students and many will feel they are missing out on the numerous benefits of school life, it can still be a time of productive and effective learning.
A silver lining of this dark cloud is the opportunity for our students to become independent learners and thinkers. Particularly under the current circumstances in which we are confined to our homes, escapism will become really important and there has never been a better time for our young people to really immerse themselves in their reading!
To this end, below you will find some information and resources for you and your child to maximise the potential of reading at home.
Why read? 10 reasons
- It makes you a better reader
- It exercises your brain, improving your memory
- It teaches you about the world you live in
- It expands your vocabulary
- It improves your writing skills
- It develops your analytical skills
- It increases concentration
- It develops empathy and imagination
- It decreases stress and relaxes you
- It is fun!
What to read
We like to encourage our students to read as widely as possible. Obviously they will have their favourites, but we would suggest they use this time to broaden their reading to include a variety of genres of fiction, as well as non-fiction, poetry and drama.
For fiction, we have compiled a HGAED Top 50 for KS3 and KS4 and we would encourage students to read as much of this as possible for a really rich experience of literature.
If you fancy winning and receiving a surprise book to your door, our school bookshop is also starting a series of fortnightly creative, book-related competitions. See your class’s English Edmodo page for more information.
How to read
A reminder that all of our students are expected to read every day, for at least 20 minutes, and they should all have a reading journal in which they complete a series of tasks and note down new vocabulary. The minimum expectation is that they maintain this, but for the vast majority, they have an unparalleled opportunity to go above and beyond this.
If you are looking for pure lockdown escapism, find a quiet, comfortable spot to read without interruption. Better still, if you are home with family, use this time to explore books together, reading aloud to each other and talking about the books you are reading. Research has shown this to have enormous benefits, even for older children.
If you are not already a member of Southwark Libraries, you can join online for free. This online membership is valid for three months and can be renewed if libraries remain closed. You will be able to borrow E-Books and E-Audio Books free of charge for all ages. Click here to join the library service. If you have a membership card, click here to use your membership card to browse the catalogue and borrow E-Books and E-Audio Books.
If you have a Kindle, or download the Kindle app on your phone, you can access most of the classics absolutely free. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to Kindle Unlimited, but you will need to remember to cancel to avoid being charged.
Audible.com is also currently offering a wide range of audiobooks for free; check out the Teen and Literary Classic sections. For more titles, you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to Audible and get a free audiobook. Again, you have to remember to cancel if you don’t want to start paying monthly.
For more information on what and how to read at home, please visit our Reading for Pleasure page.
If you have any questions about reading or would like any further advice on how best to support your child, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.