Reading is integral to everything we do at St Aldhelm’s; we understand the vital role it plays in everyone’s future. Reading opens the mind, transports us to places we may never visit and times we can never visit. For anyone who tells us they don’t like to read then our answer is simple: ‘you haven’t found the right book…yet!’
We approach reading in three ways:
- Engagement across the curriculum
- Impactful intervention
- Fostering a love of reading
Engagement across the curriculum
Reading is interwoven across our curriculum; it is imperative to every subject, including those with a more practical focus. Every lesson starts with a learning objective and key words which are discussed and revisited throughout the lesson. It is vital for students to be able to build and use academic vocabulary to allow them to learn independently. Students are encouraged to read aloud in lessons: whether it be instructions from the board, text from a textbook or novel, or their own work; oracy and reading go hand in hand to create confident and articulate learners.
From September 2022, all KS3 students will receive four hours of reading intervention a fortnight. This will be based on their reading age and tailored to supporting their own reading progress.
These interventions are:
- Read Write Inc: Fresh Start phonics
- Reading Plus
- Direct Instruction
- Book Club and vocabulary
Fostering a love of reading
We would love all our students to leave us with a genuine love of reading. We aim to do this in a variety of ways:
- Drop Everything and Read in English: for twenty minutes a week, students and their teacher will sit and read a book of their choice. They can bring one from home or select one from the back of their English classroom. Each room stocks a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts – The Guinness Book of World Records is always a popular choice!
- Tutor Time reading: each morning tutor session (excluding assembly days) start with ten minutes of shared reading; the book is selected by the tutor group and then read collectively. Books are carefully selected to ensure they are appropriate for the year group but also provide challenge and diversity. Choices include previous Carnegie Medal winners, must reads from years gone by and modern classics.
- Library: our library is open every day for students to visit. They can sit and read during their break or check out a book to read at home. Our Learning Resource Manager regularly updates the displays with a book of the month, a selection of books on a theme and interactive displays where students can share their thoughts on books. There is also the opportunity to take part in a book club and become a student librarian. You can check out our latest library newsletter here: The Library Monthly – June
If you are looking for your inspirational next read, then look no further than our age-appropriate reading lists:
Year 7 reading list
Year 8 reading list
Year 9 reading list
Year 10 reading list
Year 11 reading list
There are lots of ways to get reading at home without buying/borrowing a book. Check out some ways here: Reading at home