Without a doubt, reading is the single most important positive habit that a student can adopt. There are a huge range of books on many, many topics and students should be encouraged to read widely and importantly, to read often.
Many students find reading harder to incorporate into their active lives as they get older or perhaps their interests have moved on since they were at Primary School. Our School Lifelong Learning and Development Leader, Stephen Hume, is always on hand to direct students to resources within the library.
- Has the student had their eyes tested recently? Sometimes a reluctance to read can be because of poor eyesight or eye strain.
- Reading 10 minutes a day will improve a student’s vocabulary, knowledge base and understanding. It will also provide confidence when facing new texts or unfamiliar words.
- Reading does not mean an entire novel or encyclopaedia. Decide to read a section of text or a chapter and read closely.
- Too much text or small writing can be overwhelming or tiring for some students. Cover up larger sections of text like this or increase the font size on electronic devices, like Kindles.
- Non-fiction books, autobiographies, games manuals or strategy guides, newspapers, magazines, cookery books and audiobooks all count as reading and will help develop literacy.
- Use the reading bookmark to ask questions about a text. Don’t be a passive reader.
- Follow our guide for reading on electronic devices which can sometimes be challenging to avoid distraction.
- Use a recommended reading list to find the next new challenging or interesting text.
- Ask subject staff for recommendations. If the student enjoys PE or Art, ask for a recommendation for a book or website to follow that interest.
- In order for pupils to improve their comprehension, it’s also vital that they understand the meanings of words they meet in their reading across all subjects. Encourage students to make a list of subject specific vocabulary and check they understand how it is used and its meaning.
- Why not try some specific reading skill activities?