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.”
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.
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