At Treviglas Academy, we value the power of reading. Research demonstrates that where students improve their reading skills, they will improve their attainment across the curriculum, including in subjects which are not typically literacy based, such as in maths and science. Reading regularly has also been shown to reduce stress, improve concentration and memory, strengthen and expand vocabulary and also increase imagination and creativity.
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a strong reading culture within our school community, we continue to warmly encourage all our students to read frequently and widely. We provide regular opportunities for your children to read from an exciting array of genres during school hours, both through their English, and other curriculum lessons, and as part of the tutor programme.
Students in Year 7 and 8 use the Accelerated Reader program in order to support them to choose reading books within their own range and then take a short quiz on the book to check their understanding. Students really enjoy completing the quizzes and they find it a rewarding and motivating way to increase their reading for pleasure outside of the classroom.
Please click on the link below for a ‘Parents’ Guide to Accelerated Reader’
The Treviglas Academy English department feel so passionately about reading for pleasure and the plethora of benefits to young people's educational as well as emotional and physical well being, that we have created a brilliant list of 16 gritty and challenging books that all students should have read by the age of 16. This is a rich, broad and diverse list of contemporary recommended reading material that we have selected specifically to engage young people and inspire a love of reading that will last them a lifetime. Each book has been carefully selected and personally recommended by each member of the English department, complementing the books studied as part of the English curriculum and tutor reading programme, and will be introduced across KS3 as an introductory chapter every Friday. Students can then decide to either take the book out on a loan, borrow from a library, borrow box, download as an e-reader or purchase the book as they wish. We understand that not everyone enjoys the same reading genre but there really is something for everyone in 16 by 16! If you would like any further information then please do not hesitate to contact your child's English teacher.
OUR ‘16 BY 16’ LIST:
The Hate U Give by AngieThomas
You are a Champion by Marcus Rashford
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Legacy by James Kerr
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Loveless by Alice Oseman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Zed and the Cormorants by Arachne Press
They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
We recognise that some students might need additional support to improve their reading. We deliver a reading intervention programme, which is tailored to students’ individual starting points. Support may include focused work upon developing knowledge of phonics, reading fluency, accuracy or comprehension.
Following identification of a particular reading need, students will work with one of our specialised reading team to gain support in their identified area. We regularly check students’ progress so that we can continue to target areas for development and ensure that students are able to quickly close gaps in their reading.