TUTOR TIME READING PROGRAMME
"Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything." – Tomie dePaola
Every morning, after Roll Call, students in Years 7 to 10 take part in our unique tutor time reading programme. The teachers read aloud for 15 minutes, while students follow the literature with a bookmark. Reading aloud allows for exposure to countless words and phrases which are not found in every day dialogue as well as the social experience of reading together, which builds a sense of community and belonging.
Students read a range of carefully selected classic stories and non-fiction texts from different cultures, traditions and time periods. This wide range has enabled challenging themes to be explored and discussed and has, and continues to immerse them in different worlds and perspectives. On a journey down the corridors and into the classrooms of Henley Bank High School you will witness a Tutor Time Reading Programme which has created a sense of calm, focus and a genuine love of reading.
Students are also given the opportunity to read for pleasure at the end of every school day. The whole school ‘drops everything and reads’ (DEAR Time) for 20 minutes to round the day off in the same way it began.
We are incredibly proud to be a beacon school in implementing a programme on such a scale as this. Its positive impact can already be seen. With the energy and commitment invested by each member of staff we have reaped huge gains, both on an academic and a pastoral level.
Strategies for supporting your child at home:
- Be interested – ask about the book daily – plot, characters, themes, predictions.
- Be sensitive – ensure students have chance to discuss delicate themes that arise.
- Be aware – feel free to purchase and read the book that your child is reading (as long as they don’t jump ahead in the book beyond their peers).
- Be relaxed – offer a calm, stress-free environment that cultivates enthusiasm and a joy of reading.
- Be an example – let your child see you reading for pleasure on a regular basis at home.
An example of some of the texts we read:
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947)||Mud, Sweat and Tears, Bear Grylls (2011)||Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1932)||Life of Pi, Yann Martel (2001)|
|Counting Stars, David Almond (1905)||The Giver, Louis Lowry (1993)||Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1847)||Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (1958)|
|Matilda, Roald Dahl (1988)||Goldfish Boy, Lisa Thompson (2017)||The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (2008)||Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1813)|
|The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1884)||A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness (2011)||The Outsiders, S.E.Hinton (1967)||Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor (1976)|
|Watership Down, Richard Adams (1972)||Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman (2001)||Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl (1979)||Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1938)|
|Alice in Wonderland, Charles Lutwidge (1865)||Counting Stars, David Almond, (2013)||Touching the Void, Joe Simpson (1988)||The Seeds of Time, John Wyndham (1956)|