Reading clubs enhance academic development
January 11, 2022

Teaching staff at Rydal Penrhos have arranged a series of reading clubs to boost academic development outside of pupils’ usual timetables.

Although pupils of all ages are embarking on an ever-increasing digital age, the importance of reading to academic development remains unaltered. This is something that is recognised by Rydal Penrhos’ outstanding teaching staff, who provide a balanced provision that incorporates the modern with the traditional with great success.

An emphasis on reading and pupil literacy helps develop higher levels of focus and concentration. It also forces the reader to sort things out in their own mind – including topics that might not be familiar to them.

Reading also helps pupils develop better critical and analytical skills, something that carries over even after they have put the book down. Enhanced reading also improves vocabulary and helps to strengthen memory retention skills, which is a powerful tool for pupils young and old.

The school’s Language, Literacy and Communications Faculty, led by Miss Fiona Earle, have organised a series of book and reading clubs for pupils to attend throughout the spring term. This new initiative began on Thursday 6 January in the Watkinson Library and has already received a significant amount of interest.

Year 10 pupils who enjoy books and want to expand their reading can do so during a session every Monday from 1.15-1.40pm, with Year 11 pupils considering Literature in Sixth Form (Key Stage 5) – or who want to read for research/exploration get the chance to enhance their respective skills on Tuesdays from 12.50-1.15pm.

Year 7 and 8 will be reading Carnegie Award-nominated books on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the sessions conclude every Friday with Year 12 and 13 exploring and discussing fascinating texts alongside staff.

This is another fantastic academic development within the school that was implemented with pupil progress in mind. We hope they all involved get the most out of their experience and Rydal Penrhos remains indebted to our staff for constantly going above and beyond the call of duty.


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