Tuesday 02 March 2021



Here at Thornhill, we have a strong focus on the development of an effective literacy skillset because we recognise its importance to academic success and the achievement of a rich and fulfilling life.  Across the curriculum, in every subject area, we support and challenge pupils to develop their skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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Each term we have a whole school focus on one key aspect from each of the above to ensure that pupils have the best possible chance to develop the skills that underpin their learning.



We know that reading is the key to unlock success in all subjects. With this in mind, our ongoing aim is to develop independent, committed readers and to foster a love of reading. We are a school that reads!

One way in which we do this is through the Accelerated Reading Programme which every Key Stage 3 pupil is involved in. Each pupil is expected to choose a reading book from our extensive Learning Resource Centre and to keep it with them in order to read every day. In this way, a book is an essential part of the school uniform along with a bag, pen, pencil, ruler and homework planner. The Accelerated Reading Programme is individually tailored to each pupil’s reading ability, ensuring that the books they choose are not too easy or too challenging, giving them the best chance of progress and success. Pupils’ efforts and progress are rewarded with an end of year celebration at which prizes are awarded for the number of words read and quizzes passed.

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We would ask parents and carers to help us to make this programme a success by:

  • Encouraging your child to read at home
  • Asking them about their reading
  • Reading with your child
  • Reminding them to put their book into their bag each morning 


Another programme enjoyed by our pupils is Reading Plus which is an engaging, interactive reading intervention which all pupils will access during year 8 & 9 or beyond. Activities encourage pupils to improve their vocabulary and reading speed as well as developing comprehension and inference skills. Instant feedback, 'unlocking' of new features and the game-like format allows pupils to make progress in an enjoyable and rewarding manner. Pupils are issued with an account in year 8 which allows them access from home or from a personal device which allows Reading Plus activities to be issued as part of the English homework policy.

Here we have some pupils sharing their thoughts about reading:

  • I personally like reading because, not only is it interesting, a really good book can intrigue you. Jake year 9
  • I enjoy reading because it allows me to escape from my hectic daya to day life into a completely different one. It allows me to forget my problems and solve someone else’s. Sometimes it can be a good distraction. Anju Year 8
  • I enjoy reading all types of books because I believe that books give you a feel for what it is like in somebody else’s shoes. Emma year 8
  • I enjoy reading because it opens a gateway to my imagination and allows me to create the scenes in my head as if I was really there! Reading also allows time to pass more quickly, preventing me from becoming bored. Morgan Year 11
  • I enjoy reading because it allows you to expand your creativity, vocabulary and imagination. Reading a good book can change your mood. Lamya Year 8

“I like to read now, but I never used to.” Harvey  Yr. 7

“I have made good progress and it has boosted my confidence” Dylan Yr. 8

“ A.R. has helped me to like books and read more.” Callum Yr 7

“There are so many book choices and I have seen my levels improve.” Taslima Yr 8

"It helps you in all of your subjects" Mahini Yr 8

"It motivates me to read and get a higher score" Ben Yr 8

"It's a fun programme" Sarah Yr 8

"After reading, I like the quizzes - they are like a game and if you score 80% or more you level up" Obi Yr 7

"It shows instantly if you are improving because your level goes up" Duran Yr 7

"A.R. makes me want to read more" Nathan Yr 7