Reading at Corbridge Middle School - What do we believe?
At Corbridge Middle School, we believe that reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure chest of wonder and joy. We strive to develop pupils’ love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment both in and out of the classroom, and wherever possible, developing this essential life skill.
How do we promote it?
Our key mission is to ensure that pupils develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and for purpose. We promote reading across both fiction and non-fiction in order to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in as well as gaining knowledge across the curriculum. This is monitored through our various reading initiatives:
- ‘RED’ (Read Every Day) ted – a scheme for our KS2 pupils which encourages daily reading and recording in order to reach a goal and be the proud owner of one of our very own personalised CMS teddies. The recording log is designed to build communication between home and school in terms of reading.
- ‘RED’ reward visit – a scheme for our KS3 pupils which encourages daily reading and more detailed recording in order to qualify for one of our RED visits (very popular)! The recording log is monitored by both home and school.
- SWAP SHOP – an initiative open to all at CMS. Pupils ‘swap’ their recommended reads for another!
- ‘BUDDY’ READING – our older pupils listen to, and read to, our younger pupils in KS2.
- DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) – an initiative to promote the belief that every teacher should be an advocate for reading. Every week, the entire community of CMS literally drops everything and reads for ten minutes!
- SCHOOL LIBRARY – our library is open daily to pupils and we are lucky to have a school librarian who updates our stock, runs ‘book groups’ as well as involving the school community in national events.
- LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM – our whole-school approach ensures that staff build time in all curriculum areas for children to read independently, read aloud and be read to during the school day.
How do we support it?
We believe that every child can learn to read, and read well, with the right teaching and support. Naturally, all pupils are individual and some require extra help through our many avenues of support: