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Orchard School Bristol

Library & Reading

Reading at Orchard

Orchard School is proud to be a school that reads. We value reading, because reading underpins all other areas of academic and social development. We have structured our day and curriculum to give our students daily opportunities to read high-quality texts.

At Orchard, we’re clear that reading is for everybody – it’s not just for a certain group of students. We make sure that all of our students, regardless of background, are given the same opportunities to read.

Our curriculum has been designed to include high-quality and challenging non-fiction texts; reading is a feature of almost every subject area.                                               

Reading and Registration

Every morning, all students participate in Reading and Registration. This is time dedicated to reading novels. The books have been chosen by staff from across the school, and reflect our diverse and culturally-rich community.  They cover a range of themes, topics, and time periods – and they come from a diverse range of authors too. Here’s a list of the books for each year group, and a little bit about each one.

Year 7 books can be seen here.     

Year 8 books can be seen here.

Year 9 books can be seen here.

Year 10 books can be seen here.

Year 11 books can be seen here. 
Reading and Registration is part of the normal school day. All students must be present and on time for this session.

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success later in life... Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure are the ones who are most likely to fulfil their ambitions. If your child reads, they will succeed – it’s that simple.
                                                                                                                    - Bali Rai (Author)

The Department for Education have published a paper that summarises the research on the benefits of reading for pleasure. You can read the original document here 

This is a summary of the reasons we value reading so much at Orchard:

  • Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment. This means that children who read regularly are likely to enjoy reading, as well as doing well in their studies.
  • Evidence suggests that reading for pleasure is an activity that has positive emotional and social consequences.
  • Other benefits to reading for pleasure include: text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge. This indicates that regular reading will enable success across all areas of the curriculum.

 Library

Library Gallery

 Library Catalogue   

Welcome to our Library! 

 We are open every day until 4pm. All students are welcome to use the library for reading or homework at break, lunchtime, and after school during homework club. We have thousands of books and resources available to use in school or to borrow and take home. As well as books we have a range of magazines and periodicals to support curriculum needs as well as students' wider interests. We also have a bank of laptops available for students to borrow during lunchtimes and homework club.

 We are adding new books to our library every week so do come in and see what is available!

Any questions can be directed to our friendly librarian Ms Marion Andrews, pictured here.