Class 12 were fortunate to meet with author and adventurer Michael McCarthy. Michael suffered a severe head injury when he was younger but is hasn't deterred him from achieving some remarkable things such as writing his own books, climbing Mount Kenya and completing the London Marathon.
Many people have inspired by Michael's resilience and determination and by the end of his visit Class 12 were ready to take his advice and 'be their best selves'. Michael kindly left us two signed copies of his book which can be borrowed from the school library.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2019 is coming soon to a class near you!!!
7th March 2019
This year we are going to take the whole day to celebrate and teachers have lots of fun activities for you to do. As usual you can dress up as your favourite book character, perhaps even your favourite author or something else book related. Each year there are many fantastic costumes and we can't wait to see what you will wear this time.
If you have a favourite book that you would like to read or share with friends bring it in and tell us why you love it so much.
Don't forget to take a book token from your teacher.
When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookseller (there are lots of them out there – find your local participating bookshop here – and swap it for one of the TWELVE (exclusive, new and completely FREE) World Book Day books. For more details about the £1 book for Ireland click here.
Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead.
Reading is something children need to learn and something they should love.
Young people who enjoy reading very much are nearly five times as likely to read above the expected level for their age compared with young people who do not enjoy reading at all.’
National Literacy Trust, Children’s and young people’s reading today, 2012
At The Berkeley Academy we strive to achieve the following;
To do this we give children opportunities to read with staff and friends. We read for pleasure and to develop our reading skills. We learn to use phonics to sound out words and we learn to use the text to decode tricky words.
We aim to develop our understanding of texts by improving our comprehension skills.
Firstly we learn to PEE - That is, Point at the Evidence and Explain.
This allows us to show exactly how we have understood the text and used it, rather than our own knowledge, to answer a question.
As we progress children learn to ‘Read with RIC’
R = Retreive an answer
I = Use inferential skills
C = Understand what a word means from the context of the text.
Understanding texts isn’t easy but children use these strategies and persevere. Some children may find reading hard work so at The Berkeley we aim to show children the enjoyment of sharing books, particularly stories. We ensure children at all levels of reading ability hear and access a range of quality texts so that they can begin to develop an understanding of books and start to find favourite books and authors. Each class has a class reader which they share at the end of the day. We also choose our texts for literacy carefully, selecting books that are engaging and exciting.
The more children read or are read to, the more they will improve as readers so please keep reading with your children and record it in their diaries each week.
Teachers keep a record of how many times children read each week. Regular reading is celebrated and rewarded in each class.
We encourage children to bring in books they enjoy and encourage parents to come into school as 'Secret Readers' which has proved very popular with children.
Over the year we plan to promote reading further by extending children's opportunities to read widely and frequently at school and at home.
If you wish to discuss anything with your child's teacher about reading, please make an appointment to come and see us.