At Benton Park School we prioritise and promote Reading, recognising its intrinsic value and celebrating the joy of reading for pleasure. As such we have a number of key aims and aspirations for our school:
- Across the curriculum students will be introduced and exposed to challenging and inspiring writers and texts
- Students are encouraged to develop an appreciation for, and lifelong love of, reading. Students will talk about reading and share their thoughts about texts they have read within and beyond the curriculum
- Reciprocal Reading and Word Revolution strategies are embedded in classrooms, supporting and extending student literacy at all levels
- All members of staff should confidently promote a culture of Reading across the school – we are a community of readers
Students are supported and encouraged to form positive and lasting reading habits in their reading at school through our ‘Big Read’ form sessions in Key Stage 3, our non-fiction reading focus in Form time at Key Stage 4 and through our successful Post 16 Reading mentors programme; while whole school Teaching and Learning strategies underpin the teaching of reading during lessons. In Key Stage 3 timetabled fortnightly lessons in the Learning Resource Centre means that students have access to a wide range of books and our experienced Learning Resource co-ordinator and English teachers are able to make well-informed and up-to-date recommendations from a diverse and current selection of both fiction and non-fiction texts.