At Chenderit School we firmly believe that literacy is an essential skill to enable students to read and write as experts in every subject across the curriculum. These skills are vital to make sense of the world around us. As such, the better we are at these skills the more successful we can expect to be in life. At Chenderit School we recognise that improving literacy can have an impact on students’ self-esteem, motivation, behaviour and attainment. We believe that reading, and particularly reading for pleasure, has a direct impact on cognitive and social communicative development. It has been shown to improve health and wellbeing, as well as improving compassion and empathy for others. Our aim is to develop each student’s potential to the point where they are reading at, or above, their chronological age. Baseline data will inform us of individual intervention need. At Chenderit School, we:

  • Encourage students to read widely and often with fluency and comprehension
  • Celebrate reading for enjoyment
  • Use effective strategies to support comprehension and vocabulary acquisition
  • Promote classroom talk to enable quality written work
  • Provide intervention where needed

In KS3, students are encouraged to read in tutor room bases when they come into school. Students have a reading challenge booklet to capture their wider reading and reading for pleasure. These are monitored by tutors on a weekly basis. Across the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to read non-fiction articles relating to each subject area. This will broaden students’ understanding of the world around them and introduce them to key vocabulary needed to become fluent readers.

The Learning Resource Centre
Students have access to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) before school as well as at both break times. They are encouraged to borrow both fictional and non-fiction books to develop their reading in class and for pleasure. We have subscribed to a range of magazines that link to subject areas, which are available to read in the LRC. We are fortunate to have a selection of Chromebooks that can be used to complete homework and research as well as an array of revision guides to aid our GCSE students with their revision. At the beginning of each year, Year 7 students have a library lesson to welcome them to the Learning Resource Centre and to show them what is on offer. During this session, students are invited to borrow a book from our fantastic selection and are shown how the LRC works. We look forward to seeing students in the Learning Resource Centre.

 "Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible"
Barack Obama, 44th President of United States of America.

All students are reading age and spelling age tested when they arrive at Chenderit School. This, along with evidence from teachers about progress in lessons, allows us to create a literacy profile for each child. Some students will be identified as needing additional support to access the curriculum. These students will have targeted intervention. Some students take part in our ‘Early morning’ reading initiative where KS3 students read aloud to their sixth form buddy. Students are closely monitored to check their progress.

We understand the link between confident, fluent reading and confident, articulate speaking. At Chenderit School, opportunities for talk in the classroom are planned and deliberate. Students learn language across the curriculum to support their oral contribution. Students regularly have opportunities to prepare speeches, presentations, debates and discussions. Extra-curricular opportunities include Debate and Public Speaking club.

There are many literacy enrichment activities. We celebrate World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Shakespeare Day and National Storytelling week. We have termly reading and writing competitions and we offer a creative writing club. We host an annual Reading Millionaire challenge too. We encourage our students to read 1,000,000 words across the academic year (which equates to one book per month).

"Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life."
Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations


» Recommended reading for Years 7 and 8 

» Recommended reading for Year 9

» Recommended reading for Year 10 and 11

» Recommended reading for Sixth Form

» Full reading list - 2021


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