Girls Get a Buzz from Reading
At MSJ we are dedicated to instilling a love of reading and all students are actively encouraged to read for pleasure. All the girls read their own books for the first ten minutes of each English lesson, and staff regularly listen to the girls read individually to ensure they are reading challenging literature that will increase their vocabulary and allow them to experience new genres and different writing styles.
The MSJ Reading Challenge Awards are a central part of this process. After reading a book, the girls can do one Reading Challenge activity towards their Bronze, Silver and then Gold Reading Award Certificates. The scheme runs across Years 7 and 8 and there are varied activities to choose from including: designing an improved front cover; writing a book review; an alternative ending or giving a presentation to the class. Some students even write to the author!
The English Department has a close partnership with the Library to help each student embrace new reading experiences. Every girl chooses a free book to keep through a national reading programme called Bookbuzz, which provides students with an opportunity to develop independent reading choices from a range of exciting current authors. Out of the 12 books they could choose from, from mysteries of the universe to a mysterious tree, the most popular were novels “13 Hours” a thriller by Narinder Dhami, “An Eagle in the Snow” by Michael Morpurgo set in the 1940s and the true story “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick.
The photo features form 7B displaying their individual books during their Information Literacy lessons in the Library with Dr Jones. The books arrived on the last day before Half Term, just in time for the girls to enjoy a leisurely read in preparation for discussions with Mrs Shaw-Young during English classes.