Tuesday 21 November 2017


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Here at Thornhill, we have a strong focus on Literacy Skills. Across the curriculum in each subject area, we support and challenge pupils to develop their skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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

Accelerated Reading programme

We know that reading is the key to unlock success in all subjects. With this in mind, by September 2015, all Key Stage 3 pupils will have joined this reading programme. This year, all Year 7 & 8 pupils are involved. Our aim is to develop independent, regular readers and to foster a love of reading.

Every 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 their 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. 


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

  • Encouraging your child to read
  • Asking them about their reading
  • Ensuring they remember to put their book in their bag before setting off for school each morning.
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Intervention and Support

Support is offered to some pupils in the form of tailored Intervention sessions, focussing on individual pupils’ needs:

  • Staff listen to targeted pupils read on a regular basis, helping them to develop key reading strategies.
  • Pupils attend morning ‘Reading Challenge’ sessions with the Learning Support team
  • To build reading confidence, some groups work on a ‘Reciprocal Reading Programme' which gives them a framework to develop reading comprehension skills.
  • We are lucky to have volunteers from ‘Gentoo’ who encourage a love of reading and listen to targeted pupils read.

“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