At Salford City Academy we are passionate about developing every single student’s reading ability. We aspire for students to not only become proficient readers, but also to foster a lifelong love of reading, as we know this is key to their educational success. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure helps students with vocabulary acquisition, preparation for exams and perhaps even more importantly: their mental wellbeing.
This is why we have DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time every single school day at Salford City Academy. DEAR takes place in a student’s form group for 25 minutes, and during this time every form tutor will read to their students, whilst students follow along using their DEAR bookmark, with their own copy of the text. During this time, we also deliberately practise reciprocal reading strategies to help students to become even better readers. Reciprocal reading strategies include: activating prior knowledge, predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising.
Each year group will be reading the same novel, at the same time, to encourage discussion and talk about the novel they are reading. We want students to encounter texts in which they can see themselves, but also to take our students beyond their own worlds and expose them to beliefs, people, places and values they might not otherwise encounter. Please find the selected novels below:
Y7: ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman, ‘The Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis
Y8: ‘Northern Lights’ by Phillip Pullman, ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge, ‘The Outsiders’ by S.E. Hinton
Y9: ‘Noughts & Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Marcus Heddon, ‘After the War’ by Tom Palmer
Y10: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas, ‘Oranges are not the only fruit’ by Jeanette Winterson, ‘Pigeon English’ by Stephen Kelman
We hope that students will be discussing these texts during their social times and with you at home, so please feel free to ask your child about DEAR and what happened in the section they read that day!