STUDENTS are being encouraged to lose themselves in a book as part of a new reading initiative.
Crookhorn College in Waterlooville is organising two reading sessions a week during registration time.
And on top of that, they are organising a pic’n’mix’ scheme, where children must pick from six different types of books to read in a bid to win bronze, silver and gold badges.
It’s all part of The News Read All About It campaign to improve literacy in schools across the area.
Assistant headteacher Barbara Edington said reading is vital for the students.
‘It’s a significant life skill,’ she said.
‘Through enriching the children’s experience in the curriculum we can boost the life skill.
‘We’re looking at the benefits across the curriculum as well.
‘It’s pushing them that extra mile. It’s making them realise that reading is not always about learning, it’s about losing yourself in a book and having fun.’
Students will also be encouraged to review the books they read, in a bid to persuade their friends to read the books too.
And also, as the school summer holidays approach, pupils are being asked to take photographs of themselves reading in unique locations and in different ways as part of a competition. Winners will be announced in the new school term.
Anna Wood, librarian at the school, added: ‘It’s to encourage reading and to encourage families to read.
‘Reading is something we want to encourage. There’s not enough of it.
‘It’s the most important thing. There’s no way we can force our children to read. We are trying to find ways to make it fun. There are so many ways into it.
‘We do have a huge number of graphic novels here. We have a lot of novels for reluctant readers.
‘We have got a huge stock of about 10,000 books on our shelves.
‘We want to make them realise that it’s fun and we want them to come into the library to see what books we have got.’