Reading at Ark Globe

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Dr. Seuss

Ensuring our students leave school as strong and confident readers is a key priority. Through reading students are exposed to:

  • Vocabulary that enables them to express themselves.
  • Ideas and knowledge that enables them to engage in discourse on a number of topics.
  • New worlds and experiences that allows them to makes sense of themselves, others and the world around them.

Reading outside of school

There is an expectation that students should read:

  • 20 minutes every day at home in the evening
  • At least 4 books each term outside of their lessons (12 books a year)

Reading in school

At Ark Globe, a typical day for all students includes:

  • Guided reading of a set text in Learning Family Time each morning.
  • Reading 500-1000 words in every lesson

Students in Year 7 use Bedrock Learning to boost their vocabulary and students in Year 7-9 also have a library lesson once a week. In this lesson, students are spoken to by the librarian about the book they are reading, keep a reading log and also receive guidance on which books they should read. We use the ascension lists below as a basis for our recommendations.

Knowledge Organisers

Students in Year 7-11 receive knowledge organisers, summarising key words and content to be studied in the half term ahead. By learning key vocabulary in advance, students are better able to grasp knowledge and understanding in lesson.

Reading Age Test

All students have a reading age test twice a year and this is reported to parents alongside strategies to use at home to improve reading.

The Ascension Lists

These are lists of recommended readers for our students. Each students is allocated an ascension list based on their reading age.


Students with below expected reading ages

Students who have the lowest reading ages attend a reading club for 30 minutes every day. Students also receive literacy interventions during the school day.

Recommended reading by year groups

Recommended Reading: Year 7-Year 9

Agbabi, Patience – The Infinite

Blackman, Malorie – Hacker

Blackman, Malorie – Pig Heart Boy

Burne, Cristy – Takeshita Demons

Carter, Angela – The Bloody Chamber

Cline, Ernest – Ready Player One

Coeloh Paulo – The Alchemist

Gaiman, Neil – Coraline

Grahame, Kenneth – The Wind in the Willows

Gourlay, Candy – Shine

Hinton, S.E. – The Outsiders

Horowitz, Anthony – Strombreaker

Hosseini, Khalid – The Kite Runner

Morpugo, Michael – Kensuke’s Kingdom

Orwell, George – Nineteen Eighty-Four

Pullman, Philip – Northern Lights

Rhodes, Jewell Parker – Ghost Boys

Stone, Nic – Clean Getaway

Tolkien, J.R.R – The Fellowship of the Ring

Townsend, Sue – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Recommended Reading: Year 10 and Year 11

Akala – Natives

Ali, Monica – Brick Lane

Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart

Adichi, Chimamanda Ngozi – Americanah

Adiga, Aravind – The White Tiger

Angelou, Maya – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights

Brown, Dan – The Da Vinci Code

Hamid, Mohsin – The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Harris, Robert – Fatherland

Hornby, Nick – About a Boy

Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World

Hosseini, Khalid – A Thousand Splendid Suns

Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird

Martel, Yann – Life of Pi

Obama, Michelle - Becoming

Rai, Bali – (Un)arranged marriage

Salinger, J.D. – Catcher in the Rye

Selvon, Sam – The Lonely Londoners

Shukla, Nikesh – Run Riot

Steinbeck, John – Of Mice and Men

Thomas, Angie – The Hate U Give

Walker, Alice – The Colour Purple

Yousafzi, Malala – I am Malala

Zoboi, Ibi – American Street