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Pupils have finished their first book as part of their new timetabled reading lessons

Pupils have finished their first book as part of their new timetabled reading lessons

Year 7 and 8 pupils have started a new reading journey as part of their timetables. The reading curriculum has many strands – one of which is a series of reading lessons with approaches taken to improve fluency, confidence and develop a wide and rich vocabulary.

The lessons are based on research into how schools and teachers across all subjects can improve reading fluency and comprehension. Teachers will focus on motivating pupils to read for purpose and pleasure.

Pupils have recently finished a book called Lark by Anthony McGowan which won a Carnegie Medal. The book has a twisting plot, strong characterisation and is about self-discovery, family and respect.

Sam, a pupil in Year 7, said: “I loved it! It made me laugh. The teachers made me realise how much I do love to read.”

Pupils will now read Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman; a book, with themes of bullying and loss, about two complex characters from difficult family backgrounds.

Miss Hands, Head of School, said: “2020 is the National Year of Reading and coincides with the academy’s focus on improving literacy and reading for all pupils, regardless of ability. We know that nationally we must enable all our pupils to learn in a word-rich environment.

“We aim to foster a reading culture within, and beyond, the school gates. We will teach, model and scaffold pupils’ reading so that they become strategic and knowledgeable readers. These are essential skills they need to achieve excellence in all that they do – making sure they’re equipped to lead happy and successful lives.”

From Tuesday 1 December, pupils can also enter our Book Competition for a chance to win 1 of 6 Kindles. If you would like to find out more, click here.

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