Sometimes I feel that the pupils here at Braidhurst High School only associate the act of reading with the English department and the library, if not just the library. And of course this flies in the face of one of ‘Curriculum for Excellence’s’ main tenets – literacy to be embedded across the curriculum.
Therefore, in an effort to ensure that pupils are literally “surrounded” by the idea of reading and books, I have asked all staff to recommend a children’s novel.
Once all recommendations are received posters will be made displaying their book of choice which will be displayed on their classroom door and used as a talking point at school assemblies and during class.
By doing this pupils will hopefully catch on the the fact that reading is everywhere, that everyone reads, not just their English teacher or librarian. But rather from the Head Teacher all the way to the office staff and everyone in between – EVERYONE READS.
There will also be a ‘Book Treasure Hunt’ competition at Christmas to officially launch the initiative.
A possible extension of this would be to photograph each of the staff with a copy of their recommended book in different situations i.e.: doing their supermarket shop, at the park, on holiday etc and then making this into a school calendar.
But one step at a time!