At Tupton Hall School, we recognise the importance of reading and the correlation between reading competency and academic success. We want our students to enjoy reading, to reach for a book when they need an escape and find solace in literature. Reading helps reduce anxiety, stress and other mental health issues and allows readers to feel relaxed and content. As such, we aim to instil a love of reading in our students.
We improve students' reading skills in a variety of ways:
- Our fantastic library is the perfect place to dive into a novel, filled with a massive variety of books and other fantastic resources.
- We incorporate time for reading into the school timetable on a daily basis during 'DEAR time' (Drop Everything and Read!)
- All Year 7 and 8 students have an Accelerated Reader lesson in the library each week, where they have the opportunity to read and change their books. To read our accelerated reading letter to parents, please click here.
- Students identified as needing a bit more support are placed on one of our intervention pathways where they are given the opportunity to read a range of exciting texts suitable for their reading ability.
- Challenge time sees some Year 7 and 8 students enjoying Buddy Reading sessions in the library, reading aloud to staff and older students.
- Some students even receive 1:1 support from our Academic Mentors who 'champion' our students to reading success.
- We encourage our students to participate in 'Read for Good', which is a sponsored read that encourages students to read as much as possible while raising money for books for children in hospital.
Literacy is not just about reading. It is about the ability to communicate successful when writing and speaking. As a result, the school also aims to promote good communication skills in a variety of ways:
- The Big Write initiative means that Key Stage 3 students complete longer written pieces in all subject areas.
- All lessons have a key word that is shared with students.
- Students are encouraged to increase their vocabulary further with word of the week.
- Key subject spellings are displayed on the screens around school during breaks and lunch.
- All Year 7 students take part in a poetry reading competition. Finalists deliver their poem in front of the whole year group.
- Students lucky enough to be selected are given the opportunity to take part in Trust-wide events, such as the Big Reading Quiz and a Dreadlock Alien event.
World Book Day 2022
As part of our World Book Day celebrations at Tupton Hall School, we asked our English department;
"If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be called?"
The bookshelf below shows their responses!