Missing Log Cards

Summer Reading Challenge Card

Hello again,

If any of you have misplaced your log cards then you can still take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. In this post I have included a copy of the log card; please click on the above. You can print out another copy if you have a printer at home, or maybe you could try printing it out at the library? Ask a member of staff for help if you need it.

If you do not have access to a printer, then you can simply write down the information on a piece of paper. I will still accept it. Remember to hand in your log card in during the first week of term.

The same applies if any of you eager readers completely fill your log card before the end of summer; you can print off another copy, or make a note of the extra things you read on a separate piece of paper.

Keep reading, and good luck!

Mrs McCabe

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Ssshh… Secret Code Phrase

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Hello Readers,

As promised, here is the secret code phrase that I said I would post on my blog over the summer. Copy this onto your log card for extra points. Remember to hand your card in during the first week of term to get a reward! If anyone has misplaced their log card, I will post a copy on the blog for you.

The phrase I have chosen comes from one of my favourite series of books… many of my students will know that I love the Harry Potter books, and this quote is from my favourite character; Hermione Granger.

Hermione loves reading, she believes most problems can be solved by reading the right book. In Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets she shows this when she says:

“When in doubt, go to the library.”

Hermione believes you can always find the answers in the library. Why don’t you give it a try this summer?

I hope you are enjoying your summer break,

Mrs. McCabe

The Benefits of Reading Regularly

Hi Everyone,

This post is aimed more at parents and carers, but my students might find the information useful too.

I thought that it would be interesting to look at the benefits of reading regularly.

So first of all, what is reading regularly? In the study I will talk about below, they consider reading regularly as more than once a week. Ten minutes reading before bedtime most nights, is not only a great way to wind down at the end of the day, but it gets us away from those backlit devices which, if used just before bedtime, have been found to affect the quality of our sleep. This might be one way to incorporate regular reading into the day. Every family is different, and a different approach might work better for your family. Maybe reading together with an adult a couple of times a week might be something that your family would enjoy, or perhaps siblings taking it in turns to read with each other might work best for you. There are lots of different ways to include it over a week, and it doesn’t need to take a lot of time. It’s doing it regularly that is the important part.

This summer, I’m encouraging the students in my classes to join a library if they are not already members. The brilliant thing about borrowing books from the library, is that not only is it free, but it is an extra activity to fill those seemingly long six weeks of holidays. This would be a great opportunity to encourage regular reading at home.

So, what are the benefits of reading regularly? A study conducted by The Reading Agency found many benefits for children and young people in reading regularly. As you would probably expect, there are many benefits to their education and their attainment; they found that young people who read regularly ‘gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.’ They also found that for regular readers ‘there is a difference in reading performance equivalent to just over a year’s schooling between young people who never read for enjoyment and those who read for up to 30 minutes per day.’ Of course, it might be difficult to fit in 30 minutes everyday, but regular reading over less time will still show benefits in students’ progress.

Interestingly, the same study also found benefits to young people’s health and well-being from reading regularly. Regular readers were found to have higher levels of self esteem, and there is a connection between higher levels of literacy in adults, and better health overall.

If you would like to find out more, then please click here.

I hope you have found this information useful, and as always, please contact me if you have any questions.

Mrs. McCabe

Summer Reading Challenge

Hello again,

For these summer holidays I have set all my students a challenge; to join the library, if you are not already a member, and to read some books.

I will be giving all my students a log card, so they can track when they join the library, and keep a note of any books or magazines that they read. If this is returned to me during the first week of term, then those students will receive a reward.

Additionally, I will also be posting a secret code phrase on this blog over the summer. If you collect that phrase and add it to your log card then you will gain extra points, so remember to check back for the secret code phrase!

Joining the library is free, but you will need a parent or carer to go with you when you first sign up. You can find more information here.

We are fortunate that in Hertfordshire we have so many libraries. To find your closest library in Hertfordshire, you can find a list here. Some libraries are smaller than others, but you can ask them to order books from another library for you. The staff at libraries are there to help, so if you need, it please ask.

Once you are a member, you also have access to a digital library of ebooks and audiobooks. More information can be found on the Hertfordshire Libraries website. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, then these can also, of course,  be added to your log card.

If there are any books that you already have at home that you would like to read, then please log them too. You will get points for all the reading you do this summer.

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Good luck, and happy reading!

Mrs. McCabe

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