For the past three years, all students have participated in DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read), during afternoon registration. Usually, students read their own free choice book quietly for 20 minutes. In order to encourage students to challenge themselves, we are introducing one ‘shared’ text each half-term that we believe is culturally relevant and appropriately engaging.
Students will partially read the text with their Form Tutor during DEAR time, then bring it home to continue reading the text to the end. This will be their only homework for the holiday period. However, we know that many students will want to do more, and as such, we have designed a range of ‘stretch and challenge’ tasks which students can complete alongside their holiday reading. All stretch projects completed will be rewarded.
Finally, students who may wish to read the rest of the book can find copies in our school library. We very much hope that you will encourage and support children with this reading.