Elvin book club launched

This Autumn Term has seen the successful launch of ARK Elvin’s first Book Club. We have been working in partnership with Book Clubs in Schools, a unique initiative which aims to both encourage reading for pleasure (a goal of the national curriculum) and encourage discussion and debate based on the books that children read for Book Club. At Elvin we place significant emphasis on developing our pupils’ literacy as we know that vocabulary and reading age are the most powerful predictors of GCSE achievement.

45 Year 7 pupils have participated in book club this term which took place every Tuesday after school. In groups of 6-8 pupils have been reading ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon which has led to much interesting discussion, questioning and debate.  A huge thank you must be given to the dedicated 6th formers and BCS volunteers who have facilitated the Book Club groups so well, and to Mr Twum-Barima, our library manager, who has expertly overseen the initiative. We are currently in the process of selecting our next book for the Summer Term and look forward to opening this initiative to all of KS3 in the near future.