Reading

Why reading is important?

Quotation taken from the website ‘squidoo’: Being able to read is a crucial skill in being able to function in today’s society. It is important because it develops the mind and develops the imagination.

Books cover all subjects and contain a wealth of information. A person who knows how to read can educate themselves in any area of life they are interested in. Whether it is a scientific paper only published online or a fiction paperback book, reading is essential to be able to learn from and enjoy these items.

“Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book, at which time in your life, might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you to grow in ways you never thought possible.”  Burke Hedges.

We live in an age that is overflowing with information, but to be able to take advantage of this you must be able to read. Poor readers are unable to utilise this mass of information and will be at a disadvantage. There is not a subject at school that does not require a pupil to be able to read and absorb the information from a textbook to enhance their studies, or to be able to understand the written results of an experiment. For example, GCSE PE at Ermysted’s is 40% theory work and at A-Level is 60% theory. Further on in life even practical vocations will often come with instruction manuals, safety advice or minutes of meetings that need to be understood. 95% of all employment in the UK requires employees to be able to read.

63% men and 75% of women with very low literacy skills never received a promotion. (Government statistics from 2011)

“Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.”  Harry Truman.

Reading is a form of exercise for the brain, it is a more complex task than an activity such as watching TV, and this strengthens brain connections and even creates new ones. Sitting down and reading also improves a person’s concentration. Reading is relaxing – a nice break for the brain and eyes after all the bright colours and flashing images on TV and computer games.

Reading is like every other skill in life, it improves with practice. The more someone reads the better they become at both reading and writing. No matter what text someone is reading they are learning new words and seeing them written down so often that spelling and grammar improve.

“Vocabulary doesn’t mature and become sophisticated without boys reading and progressing to reading more challenging literature. When you are marking work you can instantly tell which boys read by the quality of their vocabulary.” Mr D Clough – previous Deputy Headmaster, Head of Sixth Form and English teacher.

“In our new knowledge economy, if you haven’t learned how to learn, you’ll have a hard time.”  Peter Drucker

Reading develops a child’s imagination and takes them to places they would never otherwise experience. It is also an easy and effective way to experience other cultures and ideas they would not normally be exposed to in everyday life. Children who read more also have a more developed sense of empathy from constantly seeing things from another person – the characters – point of view.

According to local government statistics (taken from direct gov website 2011) improvement and development of literacy has an impact on a persons skills, employment, their wellbeing, social mobility and the decreases the likelihood that they will commit a crime. Non-readers are less likely to vote and have even been found to be more likely to suffer from depression.

And finally – reading is a very fun and enjoyable hobby that is free if you use a library!

Words

Spelling tips

Our first mnemonic is for how to spell the word necessary.

Definition, adjective: that must be: that cannot be otherwise.

Tip for remembering how to spell it: Never Eat Cake Eat Salad Sandwiches And Remain Young

Learning a new unusual word

Fastidious. Pronounced ‘fas-tiddy-us’.

Means incredibly fussy.

A bit like finicky, pernickety.

The opposite of easy going and indifferent.

Example: ‘My sister is incredibly fastidious about what she eats.’