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Orchard School Bristol

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.

Who should read, and what will we read?

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.

Every morning, all KS3 students will participate in Reading and Registration. This is time dedicated to reading novels. We have an exciting selection of novels for this time - you can see the list here and it’s also available by clicking on the ‘Reading and Registration novels’ tab on the left. They cover a range of themes, topics, and time periods – and they come from a diverse range of authors too.

Our curriculum has been designed to include high-quality and challenging non-fiction texts; reading is a feature of almost every subject area. Our Year 10 and Year 11 students continue to read every day in their English studies, as well as in other areas of the curriculum (you can view our whole-school curriculum maps here

What is ‘Reading and Registration’?

Every morning, when our students arrive at school, our Year 7, 8, and 9 students will have 20 minutes of dedicated reading time. After tutors have taken the register, each tutor group will read a novel together. The choice of novels for each year group can be found on the link above.

Reading and Registration is part of the normal school day. The expectation is that all students are present and on time for this session.

Why read?

“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.