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World Book Day Celebrations

Last week we celebrated National World Book Day in style.  Our festivities included a Reading Relay of classics, such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Anne Frank’s Diary; competitions such as a literary treasure hunt and review writing; showings of films and an opportunity for students to see staff metamorphose into their favourite book characters.  The corridors of Clifton were filled with Maleficent, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Queen of Hearts, The Wicked Witch of the West and a plethora of colourful characters. Students loved asking questions about the stories and spotting their favourite protagonists.

In addition, Curriculum Support transformed their classrooms into Wonderland and they held a Mad Hatter’s tea party to raise money for charity.  Teachers had tirelessly decorated their doors so they looked like book covers, with a splendid effort from Mr Fisher who showed his artistic skills in recreating the cover of Peter Benchley’s ‘Jaws’.

Throughout the week in English lessons student have been completing reading tasks linked to the topics they have studied, for example activities around the lyrics of Liverpool songs to complement their study of Willy Russell’s play ‘Our Day Out’.  They have also had additional opportunities to visit the library and see how they can use this excellent facility in their learning.

All of these activities have been geared towards raising the profile of reading in school and highlighting to students the school vision:  Read to succeed. Read for purpose. Read for pleasure. Read for power.

 

The Reading Racers Checkpoint Is Now In…

After a very busy half term, packed with reading and quizzing, the results of the next Reading Racers checkpoint are now in!

Year 7

7EN1 maintain pole position with a staggering 1,185,433 words read since the start of the half term in September!
Stepping up to the challenge recently, 7EN2 now have a much healthier word total of 680,478 words so far.
7En3 have closed the gap to overtake 7En4 and are now in 3rd position having read an impressive 290,260 words this term.
Chasing quickly with 218,851 words, 7EN4 look like they are trying to make up for their recent loss of bronze position.
7En5 have accelerated their reading at a massive speed in the last few weeks and are next with 21,974 words. This is a jump of over a hundred thousand words since the first checkpoint – outstanding effort!
This leaves 7En6 currently in 6th position but an improvement of over ten thousand words gives them a super total of 11,498 words this half term.

Year 8

8En1 have been twice round the track this half term! Their word count so far this term is a colossal 2,636,002 words – INCREDIBLE!
8En2 and 8En3 are now fighting for 2nd place with 414,134 and 322,353 words respectively – an impressive leap from set 3 who were previously in 4th position.
8En4 are on their tails though with a mega 217,027 words.
Struggling at the back but still showing determination with their reading are 8En5 and 8En6 with 70,900 and 34,942 words respectively.
Keep reading and quizzing! Maybe next time, your class will be claiming pole position!