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Posted on July 16th 2018

The Bromley Summer Reading Challenge

What is ‘The Bromley Summer Reading Challenge’?

Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status – reported by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 2002.

As part of our literacy initiative here at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, we strongly believe that reading is a pivotal determiner in how well students do in their exams. This year we have launched The Bromley Reading Challenge 2018, whereby students are able to complete a range of tasks over the summer, alongside reading a range of text. We have taken on this initiative in an effort to continue to encourage our girls to read for pleasure – especially given the benefits.

We hope you and your daughter take part, and enjoy some of the suggested challenges. We look forward to your feedback in the coming academic year.

What does it involve?

  • Keep a reading log of everything you read over the summer.
  • First week back – help creating your presentation of the activities and books you read over the summer (snacks on offer during sessions). 
  • Second week back – presentations and winner announced.
  • Prizes for first, second and third places.
  • Parents can help you with your challenge.
  • Competition open to all year groups!
  • 90 points available for joining your local library!

Suggested activities (select as many as you like)

Read 5 books from the Bromley 100 list.

 

 

 

 

100 points

Read 3 books from the Bromley suggested reading list 2018.

 

 

 

80 points

Draw a picture of one of the main characters in your book and label with their feature and characteristics.

 

80 points

Read a book in an unusual place – draw or take a picture of you doing it.

 

 

50 points

Read a newspaper article (try an online news website such as the Guardian, or a free newspaper). Summarise the article in 20 words, then 10 words, then 5 words, then 1 word.

 

100 points

Read a letter or bill that comes to your home (ask permission first). Consider the purpose of the letter and any techniques used. Now write a response to this letter in the same style.

 

90 points

Read a page from two different websites, on a similar topic. Compare the two pages – what are the similarities and differences between the two? Consider the words used, purpose, content, setting, characters, how each piece makes you feel.

 

80 points

 

Write a letter to one of the characters in your book asking them about something that happened to them in the story.

 

60 points

Read at least two different books in a week.

Your parents needs to verify this.

 

(parent signature)

 

100 points

Complete a book review for one the books that you have read. Ensure you research what book review looks like.

 

70 points

Ask an adult to sit with you whilst you read to them for 20 minutes – they could read too. This adult needs to

 

(parent signature)

60 points

Redesign the front cover of one of your books.

Write an explanation as to why you chose your new design.

 

50 points

Create a quiz for your book with at least 10 questions.

 

60 points

Write a new blurb for the book that you have read.

 

50 points

Design a poster to promote a book the book you recently read.

 

50 points

Make up a game to play, which relate s to the book that you are reading.

 

90 points

Research the book you are reading. Note down any interesting facts/information about the book or the author.

 

65 points

Make something mentioned in the story that you are reading. This could be a toy, a picture or meal.

 

100 points

Make a wanted poster for the villain in story that you are reading.

 

50 points

Make up a song, rap or poem about the book you are reading.

 

90 points

Read a story to younger child. Take a picture whilst doing this.

 

(parent signature)

 

60 points

If the book you are reading was made into a film, which actors would play the lead roles and why?  Where would it be set and why?

 

60 points

Make an unusual bookmark linked to the book that you are reading.

 

 

40 points

Write a letter to your favourite character, from one of the books you have read over the summer, persuading them to visit your school.

 

60 points

List of local libraries

Central Library

Address: High St, Bromley BR1 1EX

Phone: 020 3931 0900

 

Burnt Ash Library

Address: Burnt Ash Ln, Bromley BR1 5AF

Phone: 020 8460 3405

 

Southborough Library

Address: Southborough Ln, Bromley BR2 8AP

Phone: 020 8467 0355

 

Downham Library

Address: Moorside Rd, Bromley BR1 5EP

Phone: 020 8314 9705

 

Shortlands Library

Address: Shortlands Road, Bromley BR2 0JP

Phone: 020 8460 9692

Hayes Library

Address: Hayes St, Bromley, Hayes BR2 7LH

Phone: 020 8462 2445

 

Penge Library

Address: Penge Library, 46 Green Ln, London SE20 7JX

Phone: 020 3915 7066

 

Beckenham Library

Address: Beckenham Road, Beckenham Rd, Beckenham BR3 4PE

Phone: 020 8650 7292

 

West Wickham Library

Address: Glebe Way, West Wickham BR4 0SH

Phone: 020 8777 4139

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How to apply for a library card

  1. Figure out where your local library is located.
  2. Determine what type of identification you will need to bring to get a card.
  3. Visit your local library branch – bring your identification documents with you to the library
  4. Find an employee to speak to and ask to apply for a library card. This should be a common request at the library, so the employee should understand what you are asking for.
  5. Fill out all necessary paper work.
  6. Sign your library card. Depending on your specific library, you may get your card right away or they may send it to you.