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‘I read a book one day and my whole life was changed’

Orhan Pamck

Reading is one of our most important and vital life skills. Reading allows us to access information, understand it and apply it to new and different experiences. We use reading, both spoken and silent, to develop our communication, writing, presentation and it expands our imagination and creative thinking. Reading also teaches us how to listen and be empathetic, it improves our mental health and well-being.

At Carmel we read in a variety of ways. We read through whole school initiatives such as our reading routines, reading routes, subject reading and the VI super curriculum. We have targeted reading support through Accelerated Reader, our VI mentor reading at breakfast club, SLT mentor reading in PSHEE, Extra Literacy and Fresh Start programmes.

We are privileged to have an incredible Learning Resource Centre which has a wealth of diverse, interesting and exciting books which range across the key genres of: Adventure, Nature (Animals), Classics, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Friends and Family, Historical, Horror and Ghost, Humour and Graphic novels, Mystery and Thriller, Short Stories, Sports and Hobbies and War and Conflict. The LRC is full of book displays to encourage diversity in reading and it organises participation in a range of events throughout the year such as Carnegie and Excelsior.

We encourage our students to read for fifteen minutes a day everyday. On Monday in our PSHEE lessons, every form group starts the lesson by reading their books for fifteen minutes. This includes students and staff.

‘Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.’

Malala Yousafzai