‘Eat. Sleep. Read.’ (also called ‘Accelerated Reader’) focuses on developing pupils’ ability to read and has been rolled out across Year 7 & 8. Pupils have taken a short test to assess their reading abilities and are being encouraged to read a variety of books, both in class and outside of school, to improve their skills and progress their reading level.
Good literacy skills are essential to enable pupils to succeed in later life, and they provide the necessary tools for students to expand their thinking, increase their knowledge and effectively communicate with others. We hope this scheme will help embed reading as an enjoyable part of school and home life.
As part of their involvement in ‘Eat. Sleep. Read.’, pupils will be asked to read at least three times per week at home, for 25 minutes per session, alongside reading time in registration and during English and Gateway lessons.
Following completion of each book, they will take a short quiz which helps assess their understanding of the key plot points in the story. They need to achieve over 85% in the quiz to pass. The results from these tests will be logged by the school to help teaching staff see how well pupils are progressing and identify any areas for improvement.
Pupils are able to gain rewards – from an ‘Eat. Sleep. Read.’ pencil, to winning a tablet computer from a prize draw – for hitting reading targets or showing positive progression . They can also enter the Millionaire's’ Club once they have read over a million words. Their progress is logged by our computer system, based on the books they have read.
Our LRC is always well-stocked and we keep our shelves up-to-date with the current bestselling children's and young adult books, alongside classic reads. Books are marked with a coloured sticker relating to reading level, which helps pupils pick the right book for them. Some of the current reads available are:
The Maze Runner - James Dashner (reading level 5.3)
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.
Phantom Sun - Carl Bowen (reading level 2.0)
The adventures of an elite squad of soldiers tasked with tackling military ops that are blacker than black and far beyond the call of duty.
Now is the Time for Running - Michael Williams (reading level 4.5)
Deo is a great footballer, a fierce protector of his older brother, Innocent. His brother is easily nervous, easily happy but good at keeping score on the dusty fields of Zimbabwe where the boys play.
Then Mugabe's soldiers come, destroying the only home the boys have known. Now, Deo has nothing but his brother, and a football stuffed with billions of worthless dollars. And so starts their journey to find their father. But with soldiers everywhere, they have only one chance to cross the border, one chance to escape.
The Fault in our Stars - John Green (reading level 5.5)
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
We recently sent a letter to all parents of Y7 & Y8 children to advise them on how they can support their child with Eat. Sleep. Read. To read the letter and accompanying leaflet, please click on the links below: