Reading at Home

Daily Reading

If your child is absent from school for any length of time, it is important that they still have the opportunity to read for pleasure and continue to develop their reading skills. 

All students should have a reading book from the library; it is part of their essential equipment for school.

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 would normally read for 15 minutes every day and have an extended reading lesson of an hour once a week.

When students have finished reading a book, they should test on it to see how well they have understood what they have read. In school, they would use a programme called Accelerated Reader. They can continue to test on their books by clicking here.

Students can then request a new reading book which can be collected from reception by emailing Mrs. Limb on

To help them choose a book they can go to our online library catalogue, here.

 Other ways to read:

They will also have access to thousands of non-fiction articles, which can be searched by clicking on this button on Accelerated Reader:

Accelerated Reader are also offering lots of books for reading online.  These can be found at

Secondly, there are other websites that can help students to access reading materials.  The Reading Great Literature website ( allows students to search for free books to read.

If you are looking to buy more recent books appropriate to your child’s reading age, then this website gives great examples of books they could read:

Year 7 reading list -

Year 8 reading list -

Year 9 reading list -

Reading with your child – top tips
  • Make time for reading. Although 15 minutes will help, the more time students spend reading the more progress they will make.
  • Ensure your child has their book every day. Making sure they have it will help them get into, enjoy the book and complete quizzes.
  • Be involved! Either using Home Connect, reading together and talking about reading. Male reading role models are really helpful!
  • Show your teenager that it is as much fun to read a book as it is to watch TV or play on the computer.
  • Create a quiet, well-lit space in your home to encourage reading.
  • Make sure that your home contains books that will interest your teenager.
  • Encourage your teenager to read magazines, newspapers or the sports guide. Leave them around your home. It doesn’t really matter what your child reads as long as they read!
  • Subscribe to a magazine that your teenager has an interest in.
  • Share articles you’ve read from the newspaper or a magazine, especially if it’s something your teenager is interested in. Sunday supplements are particularly good.
  • Play audio books in the car. This will encourage reading for enjoyment.
  • Recommend adult-themed books that would be appropriate.
  • Link books and reading to films at the cinema or video games they know.
  • Introduce books which are part of a series, and biographies.
  • Ask teenagers to recommend books for younger readers in the family.
  • Make use of e-books and e-book readers such as Kindles.

The Top Ten Benefits of Reading for Children

Here are the top 10 benefits of reading for children:

  1. Their vocabulary is larger and more extensive.
  2. They perform better academically.
  3. Their imagination can run wild.
  4. Their creativity skills develop.
  5. They develop empathy.
  6. They gain a deeper understanding of their world.
  7. Their concentration levels improve.
  8. The parent and child bond improves.
  9. Their cognitive development is supported.
  10. Their social skills and interaction improved