Reading at Riverside
Reading for pleasure is the highest indicator of future success (OECD, 2002).
According to OU RfP (2020) there are three main ways you can encourage a lifelong love of reading:
1. Reading aloud- this could be children reading to a younger relative, or hearing you read to them. It does not have to be limited to fiction
2. Reading alongside them- reading at the same time helps children to develop resilience. This could be shared reading, or you could read your own individual books- knowing that you are a reader sends a powerful message
3. Book Chat- discussing what they have read and expressing an opinion is a big motivator. Having an adult show interest in the story, and encouraging discussion around the events within the story will develop comprehension skills and deepen understanding
What are we doing to help?
- Revamped library space with a new and varied range of books
- Providing regular lesson related reading through our Prep packs
- Taking our year 7 students to waterstones to kick start their literary passion
- Riverside readers club every lunch time
- Specific text book clubs after school
- Sixth form readers
- Bedrock vocabulary programme and associated rewards
- Explicit vocabulary instruction in all lessons
The prep packs for each year group allow our pupils access to disciplinary literacy directly related to their lessons. Reading these with your child a few times a week will help them learn lots of new subject specific vocabulary.
Encourage your child to access our library space and join a book club today!