A group of boys have joined the school’s Cover2Cover, a reading club dedicated to the interests of Year 7 boys!
The after school club runs each week with the aim of encouraging more reading among boys. The club is very relaxed; they sit in an informal room and have a drink and some biscuits whilst they read. The books recommended for Cover2Cover readers were specially selected to appeal to the boys with some of the most sought after books being football, horror, joke books and funny stories. The group is currently reading Mr Stink by David Walliams when they are together. Outside the club, the boys are encouraged to read books that they find most fascinating and to read them for at least 30 minutes each day. And there is always someone in school who is keen to hear the latest updates in their stories – the boys are eager to share what they have read!
“We want to encourage the boys to read for pleasure and for it to be an enjoyable leisure activity making an alternative for reaching for the X Box or TV remote,” explained Mrs Angie Holland from Saint Paul’s. “Research shows that those pupils who read more tend to have higher levels of attainment.”
“We are all enjoying Mr Stink at the moment, we take turns to read out loud and if we get stuck on a word then we look it up in the dictionary and it’s a new word added to our vocabulary. We are very keen to encourage reading and the joy of books at Saint Paul’s.”
“The club is a dedicated boys group as it is boys who tend to be underachieving in terms of reading attainment. To measure the success of the club, the reading age of the boys is measured before they start the group and then at six week intervals and the improvements are being noted. We have noticed how the boys taking part have gone from having mostly negative attitudes to reading prior to participation some said they "disliked reading" or only "liked reading a bit and now they are saying that they like reading "quite a lot" or "very much". It’s been a fantastic way to engage the boys in reading and it really has made a massive difference in the way that the boys view reading now.”
Deputy Headteacher, Mr Russell Paterson, said: “Books are important. Books inspire, they inform, they delight; they encourage independent thought, invention and empathy. Studies have shown that children who read for pleasure achieve significantly more, regardless of background, than those who don't. Those achievements are not just in terms of academic success but include social and emotional behaviour too.”