Reading at Stewards
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Earlier this year we launched an online reading tool called ‘Read Theory’. Pupils must login and complete a number of non-fiction reading comprehensions, these are set as homework on class charts. Pupils are set between 10-15 quizzes every fortnight. Please check class charts for homework due dates and extra reading challenges. The website is https://readtheory.org
We strongly encourage pupils to read whole books within their reading level range and when a book is finished to take a ‘book quiz’ on the Renaissance Reading system. Pupils may now access this at home. Please use this link to the website https://ukhosted31.renlearn.co.uk/1963747
Pupils have login details for both Read Theory and Renaissance on their reading logs in their study folders.
If pupils have any issues accessing these from home you may email Mrs Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
RECOMMENDED READING LIST OF BOOKS
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Weaveworld – Clive Barker
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Idiot – Fyoder Dostoevsky
1984 – George Orwell
Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
A History of Britain in 21 Women – Jenni Murray
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Janice Gentle Gets Sexy – Mavis Cheeks
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman – Eve Harris
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Passage – Justin Cronin
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee
Wind, Sand and Stars – Antoine de Saint Exupery
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
One Day – David Nicholls
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune – Tiffany Watt Smith
The Fear Bubble – Ant Middleton
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Papillon – Henri Charriere
The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle
The Time Machine – H G Wells
Dracula – Bram Stoker The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
His Dark Materials (trilogy) – Philip Pullman
The latest curriculum for English states that ‘Reading at key stage 3 and 4 should be wide, varied and challenging. Pupils should be expected to read whole books, to read in depth and to read for pleasure and information.’ At Stewards Academy developing pupils’ reading skills is a key priority. The importance of reading cannot be overstated. Teenagers who read for pleasure are much more likely to get a better job when they become adults, according to an in-depth and long-running sociological study.
Pupils are encouraged, supported and monitored in various ways, see below for more information.
This has now been active at the school for a number of years and currently around 880 students across years 7 to 10 are enrolled on the scheme. It works by assessing a pupil’s reading ability with a computer reading test, called a ‘Star Test’. Pupils are then given a ‘book range’ so they know which books they will be able to read and understand. After reading the book a ‘Renaissance Reading ‘quiz is taken which assesses the student’s understanding of the book. In addition pupils are given a points target for the term, which are earned through passing a quiz on the books when finished. This scheme has proven to greatly improve reading ability across all ages and all ability levels in the school.
‘Ace’ reading lessons and homework
Pupils in years 7 to 9 have one lesson per week dedicated to improving their reading skills. They have the opportunity to read independently, one to one or sometimes in small groups. All pupils may visit the library, where they choose a book and take Renaissance Reading quiz. To complement the ACE lesson, all students are expected to complete 30 minutes reading a day as part of their English homework. Extensive research suggests this has a significant impact on pupil progress.
The School Library
The library is a busy hub of the school. Many reading lessons take place in the library. Break and lunchtimes it is often full of pupils working hard. All pupils are welcome to use this excellent facility to read, to study, to take Renaissance quizzes and to research via the Internet or reference books for homework. The library is open daily from 8am until 4pm (3.30pm on Fridays).
Each term, one week is dedicated to reading across the whole school. A wide range of reading activities takes place to encourage a love of literature. We choose a different theme for each such as ‘Poetry’, ‘Diaries’, and the all-time favourite ‘Harry Potter’. These include, author visits, competitions, and staff readings in the library.