“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Pleckgate students are being encouraged to develop a life-long love of reading, thanks to a renewed focus on reading; Pleckgate High School is bidding to become a Reading School during the academic year 2017-18.
The importance of regular reading is encouraged at Pleckgate through tutor time, guided visits to the school library and regular reading opportunities in all lessons. We encourage our students to have the confidence to read aloud in lessons, to help develop their speaking and comprehension skills.
All students in Year 7 and 8 are enrolled in the Accelerated Reader programme and are given a reading age, a reading target and advice on the range of books that are suitable for them. Regular quizzing by students has helped to improve reading for some who were not regular readers. For those who are, they have been rewarded with the title of ‘millionaire reader’; the achievement of reading over a million words is celebrated for all students.
Our well-resourced Library has a wide range of materials including fiction and nonfiction, magazines and materials to help support in lessons. Students can quiz regularly on their iPads and gain points for the number of 100% quizzes.
We also encourage support for our readers in school through:
- We have a team of Year 10 and 11 Reading Mentors who read weekly with a year 7 student to help them develop a love of reading.
- Students are encouraged to read at least one book each half term.
- All Year 7 and 8 students have a reading book with them at all times.
- Reading awards given out in assemblies
- Local authors’ day, with workshops, in school
- Increased use by students of the library in the academy’s Learning Resource Centre