Literacy at Overton Grange:
At Overton Grange we strongly believe in supporting our students with their literacy skills across the curriculum. We are always looking for ways to promote literacy around the school through engaging lessons, extracurricular activities such as Readathon and competitions. We hope to support parents at home with encouraging your sons and daughters with their literacy skills with some helpful tips and resources.
Suggested reading list:
Here is our suggested reading list for your child. This list can be found in their diary, but for your convenience we have also added hyperlinks to Waterstones.com if you wish to find out more about the suggested novels.
Simply press the ctrl button on your keyboard and click on the book cover of your choice and you will be taken to the book’s description in your internet browser. You can read the detailed synopsises find out more.
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Year 7 students are taking part in Readathon, a sponsored reading challenge that raises money for three exceptional children’s charities:ReadWell, which provides books and storytelling to children in hospital; CLIC Sargent, giving support to children and young people with cancer and their families; and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled children.
World Book Day Competition 2015
To celebrate World Book Day on March 6th, Overton Grange took part in a literacy competition to design and decorate the form room doors as book covers. The challenge was to be as creative, colourful and imaginative as possible, and the results were outstanding!
31 tutor groups got involved, and many more members of staff couldn’t resist decorating their office doors too!
3rd place went to 10ET for their Harry Potter door.
2nd place went to 11KL for their Paddington book cover.
1st place went to 9EM for their James and the Giant Peach entry.
Congratulations to the winners!
To see all of the entries, [ All Doors 2015 plus WINNERS1
Students are already talking about their ideas for next year, and it was a delightful way to celebrate the day. It was wonderful to see so much effort from those that took part and I know they enjoyed the opportunity to do something creative.
Parental Literacy Support Booklet:
Recent research into the reading skills of 15 year olds across the world found that children who are more interested in reading do better at school than those who don’t read for pleasure.
The study also found that parents who talk to their children about books, TV programmes and films help to keep their children interested in reading.
For more information about how you can support your child at home, please click the link below for the Department for Education and Skills booklet on Parental Literacy Support.
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Literacy tips for parents:
These are available on parents’ evenings, but can be downloaded here:
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Useful websites for supporting your child’s literacy:
A free online dictionary:
A charity inspiring a love of books:
Help your child find something to read:
Helping inspire children and teenagers to find books:
A thorough website for teenage readers