National Non-Fiction November 2017

National Non-Fiction November   Alderbrook is proud to support Non-Fiction November! We have always taught history as well as literature, and science along with Shakespeare, so we should encourage our young people to embrace and enjoy this variety in their reading material.   6 ways to spark your child’s nonfiction reading and writing:   Pursue the passion: Get books that encourage your child’s interests.   More is more: Offer lots of nonfiction reading material – from books and magazines to newspapers and atlases.   Be the bookworm: Read a broad range of fiction and nonfiction, and talk about what you read.   Reality check: Talk about connections between what your child is reading and events in the news.   Reasons to write: Suggest new writing projects — ...

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Help your child’s career decision-making

The Skills Show Sign Up Saturday 18th November, is where hundreds of leading employers, are ready to talk to young people about what matters most, their futures – and what their next steps could be in training, education, apprenticeship or employment.   The Skills Show at the NEC is free for all the family. Visitors can try out skills at Have a Go sessions, and get close to Showcase demonstrations given by young professionals. There are small-group 45 minute Masterclasses in a range of skills, run by WorldSkills UK National Finalists who can speak to visitors one to one. Plus there are Spotlight stages covering themes including: Inspiring apprenticeships; Life as an undergraduate; Busting the myths of the tech career; Preparing for the world of work, and more.   Book your f ...

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The importance of reading at Alderbrook

At Alderbrook we really value reading and the benefits it can have on our students across all subjects in the curriculum. Exposure to reading is important in developing vocabulary for fluency and comprehension. Research has shown: Students who scored 90% better than their peers in tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year. Students who scored in the 50th percentile read 4.6 minutes a day – exposing them to 282,000 words per year. Students who didn’t perform as well read for less than 1 minute per day – exposing them to 8,000 words per year.  (It would take them one year to read as many words as what a good reader would read in two days.) This is a video that shows this too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XodFwiB2Ex8

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Attention Year Parents/Carers

There is now a slightly revised year 11 mock exam programme, this can be located at the following link: Year 11 Mock Exams – November 2017 V3    

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