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Reading Ahead

Reading Ahead

Dear parents/carers,


We are excited to announce the launch of our form time 'Reading Ahead' programme starting next Tuesday 4th May! Reading a range of texts is important not only for student's success in school but it has been proven to help their own personal development too. Students who read are often better at communicating as well as having a wider vocabulary. 


How will this work?
Each term, students from Years 7-10 will spend part of form time reading a carefully selected novel with their form tutor. Tutors will read to students as well as question and encourage discussion around the key ideas and concepts that arise in the texts. Students will also receive a vocabulary book to note down any new or unfamiliar words that they encounter. This means by the time students leave school in Year 11 they will have read 14 extra novels.


What are students reading?

If you would like to read along with students at home and discuss what they're reading, this term's texts are as follows:


Year 7 - A Wrinkle in Time

Meg, a high school student, is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles to rescue their father.


Year 8- I am Malala
The true story of Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for women’s education.


Year 9 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time 

Christopher, a 15 year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome investigates the murder of his neighbour’s dog.


Year 10- Frankenstein

The story of a scientist who creates a monster and immediately regrets his decision.


Questions you could discuss with your child

  • What happened in the section you read today?
  • Did you learn any new words in form?
  • What have you learnt about the main character? How were they feeling in the section you read today?
  • Why do you think the character acted in this way?
  • What has been your favourite part of the story this week?
  • What do you think will happen next in the story?


If you have any further queries surrounding the programme, please contact Miss Howard at [email protected]