On Wednesday 23 March, pupils from Upper Batley High School (UBHS) in Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the Literacy Trust’s National Reading Champions Quiz, Yorkshire Regional Heat.
UBHS had two teams taking part, who were competing against other schools across the whole of Yorkshire.
The winner of the Regional Heat was one of the UBHS teams comprising both Year 8 and 9 learners.
They beat 25 other teams across Yorkshire with a grand total of 82 points and will go on to take part in the UK final in central London at the end of May.
The event will involve the support of many well-known authors and sponsors, making it an interesting and exciting experience for everyone involved.
Cathy Scott, Learning Resource Centre Manager at UBHS, who organised the event along with Jeannette Dent, Learning Intervention Teacher, said: “We are so proud of all our learners and the win was really well deserved. We can’t wait to see the team benefit from the enriching experiences involved in attending the final in London, it certainly will be a memorable day.”
The National Reading Champions Quiz is for students across the UK aged between 10-14 aimed at keen readers and the content of the questions reflects this, the quiz is not for the faint-hearted.
“In the Regional Heat, there were eight rounds in total, all with varied and challenging themes including identifying authors from their photos, brain teasers and heroes and heroines. Furthermore, the rules on marking were fairly strict so all learners had to know the exact answers and everyone who took part should be extremely pleased with their achievements.
Aman Kang, Head of School at UBHS said: “Providing our learners with the opportunities to participate in events like this is so important for them and is part of our approach to holistic education and creating well-rounded individuals. We are strong advocates of reading for fun as well as learning, as we know it aids learners’ development.”
The quiz is a wonderful way to showcase learners’ reading knowledge and peer group collaboration as well as celebrate the role of libraries and librarians within schools. Alongside the quiz, the reading champions challenges are simple, free, teacher-led reading challenges which aim to support all learners to read more books, read more widely, and improve stamina and fluency.
Research shows that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to read above the level expected for their age compared to those who don’t. Reading for fun can support well-being and academic performance across a range of school subjects and at UBHS this is widely promoted.