Rawmarsh Community School

Drop Everything and Read is an initiative which gives all KS3 students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a book of their choice during part of one of their English lessons each week.

Why are we doing it?

At RCS, we believe passionately in the power of reading. Countless studies have highlighted the benefits that reading widely and often brings to all of us. It makes us more knowledgeable, more employable and more well-rounded as people.

How does it work in lessons?

All students in Y7 and Y8 have a weekly slot within their English lessons where they can read an engaging and age appropriate book of their choice, undisturbed, for 20 minutes; our book boxes are carefully curated and tailored to suit the needs of each English set.

How is progress measured?

We then insist that they reflect on what they’ve read by filling in their DEAR log to consider what they’ve learnt, what they predict may happen next and what new vocabulary they’ve acquired.

Each half-term, students will also select a task from a ‘homework menu’ which will be based on what they’ve read to further engage them in their reading.

How does it help?

For school students in particular, reading widely and often helps to:

  • Deepen subject knowledge
  • Expand vocabulary repertoires
  • Broaden horizons and develop empathy
  • Cultivate imagination for independent writing
  • Improve application of spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Expose learners to a wide variety of texts in preparation for KS4 exams