Suggested Reading Lists
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At Moor End Academy we believe that reading is extremely important. There's no evidence the testing of grammar will improve children's writing, but plenty that daily reading for pleasure does. Students who read often and widely get better at it. After all, practice makes perfect. Reading exercises our brains and improves concentration. Reading teaches students about the world around them, improves their vocabulary and leads to more highly-developed language skills. Reading develops the imagination and helps students develop empathy. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind.
Students who read do better at school.
We understand that reading, and particularly reading for pleasure, has a direct impact on cognitive and social communicative development. Our aim is to develop each student’s potential to the point where they are reading at, or above, their chronological age. We will quantify this development through a robust program of assessment, intervention and data analysis. NfER Reading and Spelling assessment data in term 1 of Year 7, and throughout Key Stage 3, will inform intervention and planning with progress and development.
At Moor End Academy we have a vibrant library led by Miss Salmon, our committed librarian. Our students actively use the library during their free time; many taking full advantage of research opportunities and computer access in-order to complete their homework.
Miss Salmon and the English staff facilitate the Carniege Reading Group, encouraging wider reading whilst developing the essential skills to access the KS3 Curriculum and beyond. Upon request, Miss Salmon now runs a Manga Reading group to explore this particular popular genre. She is more than happy to develop any further groups based on student voice.
As part of our commitment to the wider school life, we have also welcomed writers and theatre groups this year in-order to bring the written word to life. Year 8 thoroughly enjoyed the poetic joy of Gez Walsh, whilst Year 11 participated in a dramatic version of “An Inspector Calls”. Year 9 got deep and dark in Beaumont Park, exploring the rural surroundings in-order to write Gothic poetry for the local poetry competition. World Book Day saw a celebration of writers whilst 500 Word saw our own budding writers pick up their pens and start their own creative journey.
As a staff body we role model our own passion for reading in-order to build a lifelong love of learning. We clearly endorse the message, that reading gives you words and words give you the world.