Dyke House Sports & Technology College

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Year 7 Summer Reading Challenge

3rd Sep 2017

Year 7 Summer Reading Challenge

Dyke House Sports and Technology Year 7 Reading Challenge.

At Dyke House Sports and Technology College, we are committed to actively encouraging reading for pleasure because we see reading as a key element in the future success of all our students.

Independent studies show how learning to love reading can transform a child's prospects for success in school and the world beyond. According to Unesco 'the biggest single indicator of whether a child is going to thrive at school and in work is whether or not they read for pleasure' and in its 2008 report 'Literacy Changes Lives', the National Literacy Trust concluded 'reading for pleasure has been revealed as the most important indicator of the future success of a child and is more important for children's educational success and happiness than their family's socio-economic status'.

Your child has received a summer homework booklet which involves them reading at least one novel, completing a reading journal and planning a 5 minute presentation for the rest of their class after the holidays. The homework has been designed not only to encourage them to read more but also to help them explore new authors and genres. After they have read their book, students need to complete a follow-up task to show their understanding of the story and help them reflect on what they have read. Your child has been given a booklet explaining the challenge during their English lessons.

The school library has a wide range of fiction books to cater for students of all abilities and interests and we will be helping all students to make informed choices about the books they read. We have included a suggested read list. Your child can download a novel, borrow one from their local library or borrow one from college.

Probably the most important thing you can do to help your child complete the challenge is to encourage them to read regularly. We know that some students are more reluctant to read than others and we are not expecting all students to read for hours on end; encouraging even the most reluctant reader to spend 10 minutes a day reading can lead to significant progress.

http://smartfuse.s3.amazonaws.com/467184d8819946ef947ea28c87f2cd20/uploads/2014/12/ParentalLiteracySupport-Reading.pdf Link to booklet for strategies to help your child with reading.

Year 7 Summer reading booklet