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Reading Week beautified by languages

Posted on: 25 October 2013

The school’s first Reading Week of the 2013/14 academic year began on Monday 21st October 2013 with a focus on languages from around the world.

Pupils from all key stage groups got together to celebrate the power of reading and the benefits from the written word through activities such as:

  • drafting invitations to parents to invite them to read to pupils in different languages;
  • creating a book review on a story, with a moral, chosen by the class teacher
  • designing a bookmark to help keep track of where they are in a story;
  • creating a 3D book cover;
  • writing a story; and
  • peer reading with pupils from other year groups

All pupils had the chance to explore a variety of books on different subjects. The theme of exploring the beauty of languages arose as the school – Alhamdulillah - has pupils who speak several languages, which means many of them have already tri-lingual capabilities masha’Allah.

Pupils were given the opportunity to listen and try some of the following languages: French, Arabic, Somali, Malayalam, Hindi, Guajarati, Bengali, Urdu, Farsi, Dari and of course English.

Coordinator for Reading Week, Sr Aspia Sumi said “Alhamdulillah we had an amazing time getting together with the adults that came in throughout the week, watching the pupils children read along with their parents and listening to stories in different voices.

It is always our aim to make sure pupils are able to have that special reading time with family at home and with the parents seeing how enthusiastic children are with books, both English and Islamic stories, it has prompted them further to have reading time.  Feedback from those participating has been positive and recommendations given will be factored in for our next session in spring 2014 insha’Allah.”