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What is the Priesthorpe Reading Challenge?

At Priesthorpe, we are committed to improving students’ attainment and progress across the curriculum. One of the ways we would like to expand this is by empowering students through their reading. The Cooperative Academy Priesthorpe’s Reading Challenge is an opportunity to develop students’ reading while enjoying themselves too.

How can reading benefit my child?

Reading has endless positive advantages to students’ learning. Some examples are the following:

  • Reading improves their focus and concentration;
  • It helps develop their emotional and social development;
  • Vocabulary building and spelling is improved through reading;
  • It expands their emotional and social development;
  • They can experience other cultures and events in history or throughout the world;
  • Reading makes it easier to learn a language;
  • It is proven that those who read more, also do better in Maths.

What does it involve?

The Reading Challenge is an inter-form competition within year groups so students will be battling against each other to see who can read the most books. We expect students to read a minimum of one book per term (between now and Easter) however the more they read, the more points they will accrue.

Also, they have been given a home learning takeaway-style menu with tasks to choose to help them engage with their book. This will help them to gain points for their coaching group.

At the end of each term, we will count up their coaching group’s points and they will then compete in league tables for an overall winner.

How can I help at home?

Understanding and engagement of reading is always expanded via engagement at home. There are many things you can do with your child to help them with this.

  • Ask them questions about what they are reading and ensure they are talking about it with you to allow time for reflection and evaluation of the novel;
  • Create them a quiet space to read;
  • Read with them or listen to them read;
  • Show them that adults read too by modelling reading in front of them;
  • Take them to local bookstores and libraries and allow them to choose what they would like to read;
  • Tell them about the books you enjoyed reading when you were younger;
  • Allow them to read a variety of genres and a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.