Year 7 Reading Challenge

Hello there Year 7s,

It has been a long hard slog to get to this: the last few days of term.  And I expect you’ve found the same?

So, my mind drifted to what I would be doing in the summer holidays and I decided to set myself a challenge.  Climbing Everest?  Learning to play the trombone?  Mastering the secret art of soduko? 

None of these! 

Instead, since I don’t get much of a chance to read over the course of a term, my aim is to read one book a week over the break.  I’ve stocked up and have a few recommended reads from Mrs Pugh in the library.  And, since a challenge is always more fun embarked on with others, I thought I would extend the challenge to you too.  Can you read a book a week over the break?  Be it from the comfort of your own bed, huddled in the seat of a car or lounging in the shade with your toes wiggling in a paddling pool, reading is a great way to broaden your horizons and help to ignite your imagination. 

It would be brilliant if you could join me!  If you do, not only will you have improved your vocabulary and stimulated your little grey cells in preparation for Year 8, but you will be able to start the year with Achievement Points!  Your Year 8 English teacher will issue you with Achievement Points to reward those students who have accepted the challenge and read their way through the summer holiday.  And think of the great first impression you’ll make on your new teacher. 

There will also be four £10 Amazon vouchers to win (one per house) for those who read the most books.

All you need to do is to read … and then get your parent to email your new teacher in the first week of term to let him/her know how many books you read over the holiday.  Couldn’t be easier!  

Obviously, we would like you to achieve the challenge but some students will inevitably go above and beyond this.  Others may not quite have reached the target.  Either way, that’s okay.  Just let your teacher know what you achieved in the first week of the new term.

Don’t know what to read?  Not a problem!  Check out the Year 7 reading list in the library area on Moodle.  Among the titles are Kirsty Applebaum’s ‘Troofriend’, Ele Fountain’s ‘Lost’ and Bren MacDibble’s ‘Across the Risen Sea’ but there are many others to choose from.  Or, you can access our ebook system, all details of which are on Moodle: just use your CPS login.  Or, you could simply ask your friends and family for recommendations. 

So, that’s it from me:  have a great holiday and happy reading!

Mrs Jenkins


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