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Reading Enrichment

Here you will find:

#Transition Book Gifting

#World Book Day 2022

#Author Visits 2021-2022

#Book Buzz 2023

#Key Stage 3 Reading Club

#Key Stage 4 Reading Club

Transition Book Gifting

During their transition days in the summer term, our new year 7 students were each gifted a copy of the Carnegie Award-Winning novel October, October by Katya Balen.​

To accompany this, our students were given a postcard to return to us which offered their review of this book.

World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March 2022 ​

Theme: 'You are a reader!'​

At Airedale Academy, we decided to introduce a World Book Week in order to extend this wonderful celebration of books and reading.​

Throughout the week, our students experienced and enjoyed reading celebration assemblies, interactive game shows, competitions, quizzes and many opportunities to win prizes. The prizes include vouchers, books, Manga comic books, badges and stationery.​

We launched our partnership with Castleford Tigers' Foundation's 'Read to Succeed' programme with sporting stars meeting and greeting our students.​

Aside from these activities, we were also visited by some incredibly special people; our students met (virtually) with three different authors: Darren Shan, Ele Fountain and Zana Fraillon.​

Every student received their World Book Day voucher via their form tutor too!​

​Keep your eyes peeled for our exciting plans for World Book Day 2023.


Author Visits 2021-2022

In 2021-22, our students had the privilege of meeting three authors in our interactive virtual events.​

- Darren Shan – This best-selling author of 'Cirque du Freak' inspired our students through his discussions about being a reader. Darren Shan also discussed the creation of unique, eccentric characters and a dark, hidden world inhabited by vampires, werewolves and other curious creatures.​

​- Ele Fountain – Award-winning author of the moving and mesmerizing novel Boy 87 led a wonderful session around the journey of writing. This inspiring story explores a child's resilience and hope in the face of great adversity. ​

​- Zana Fraillon – The author of our Year 7 class novel: 'The Bone Sparrow.' Zana Fraillon called to speak to us from her home in Australia and was interviewed by our Reading Ambassadors – what an absolute privilege! 

What our students said:​

'The writing tips were really influential to my own writing.'​

'The new book sounds awesome.'​

'I want to read the other books. I enjoyed Boy 87 and want to read the next one by this author.'​

'I feel inspired to write my own book'​

'I am writing my own book and I enjoyed seeing the process of writing a book'​

"It was lovely to actually meet Zana and it really helped me to understand the book from the author's perspective and know why she wanted to write The Bone Sparrow."​

"I found it inspiring that she had written the books based on the real-life experiences of others and wanted to show everyone their story."​

"It was great to see how reading and writing can become a career!"

Book Buzz 2023

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13-year-olds.​

This programme allows our students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles. ​

Bookbuzz books are all carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality, suitability and to encourage reading for pleasure.​

To see the list of available titles for 2023, please click here: The Bookbuzz books | BookTrust

KS3 Reading Club

Students take ownership of their reading choices and select a book to become their group read.​

Students read together and create reading goals for independent reading.​

Students meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss their chosen group read. ​

The first book that the KS3 Reading Club have chosen to read is Chris Priestley's Still Water.​

Students engage in thoughtful discussion and consider the intended messages behind the novel.​

Students may engage in interactive games and activities related to reading or related to their chosen novel. This may include reviewing books and writing to the author, where possible.​

Students may also take the opportunity to discuss the plans for the club and enrichment opportunities related to reading.

Key Stage 4 Reading Club

Students take ownership of their reading choices and select a book to become their group read.​

Students read together and create reading goals for independent reading.​

Students meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss their chosen group read. ​

This year, the KS4 Reading Club have chosen to read Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses.​

Students engage in thoughtful discussion and consider the intended messages behind the novel.​

Students may activities related to reading or related to their chosen novel. This may include reviewing books and writing to the author, where possible.​

Students may also take the opportunity to discuss the plans for the club and enrichment opportunities related to reading.