John Roan Reads

 

John Roan Reads is a Whole School Reading Programme designed to equip students with the skills and confidence to become fluent, independent life-long readers.  Our aim is to enrich  and broaden students’ education through the power of reading. 

 

Why we read

 

Research shows that there are clear links between independent readers and academic outcomes. Our Whole School Reading Programme is designed to engage students in a love of reading, building their independent reading skills over time to advance their academic and pastoral success.

Alex Quigley (Closing the Reading Gap) highlights the benefits:

  • ‘Pupils who read well better access the curriculum
  • Pupils experience more rare academic vocabulary, language structures and cultural insights when they read widely
  • Reading influences knowledge, skills and vocabulary in every subject, in every discipline
  • We ‘read’ exam questions and unpack entire complex processes from exam command words and complex vocabulary
  • Reading gives us access to knowledge that gives us choices in life
  • Reading can help us become the best version of ourselves’

 

When we read

 

Form tutors read aloud with their tutor group three days a week, every week for 20 minutes with students following the reading with a reading ruler (seeing as well as hearing the words) in their own loaned copy of the text.

Comparing the engaged reading time of 2.2 million students, Kirsh found that reading for 15+ minutes a day provided accelerated reading gains. Results showed that students reading for 20 minutes a day were likely to score better than 90% of their peers in standardised tests. (National Center for Education Statistics).

 

How we read

 

Form Tutors read aloud, at pace and with fluency, novels that their tutees would not easily access independently. Thus, we are equipping students with the skills and confidence to become fluent, independent life-long readers. 

‘Read-Aloud is a unique opportunity to breathe life into texts that students are unable to read independently, so as to make those texts accessible … When you read a complex text aloud, you pave the way for students to read it themselves’ Doug Lemov (Reading Reconsidered).

Research shows that ‘simply reading challenging, complex novels aloud and at a fast pace … repositioned ‘poor’ readers as ‘good’ readers, giving them a more engaged, uninterrupted reading experience over a sustained period. In 12 weeks students made 8.5 months progress, but poorer readers made 16 months progress’. Westbrook (Just Reading, 2019)

What we read

 

Texts chosen are suitably challenging and reflect our school community. They are an important part of all students’ cultural capital, broadening minds and expanding horizons. Our Tutor Time Reading Programme texts are read on a rota system with students in each year group reading 6 texts across the academic year, alongside texts studied through the curriculum.

  • Texts Studied through the English Curriculum

    Texts Studied through the English Curriculum

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

    Private Peaceful

    by Michael Morpurgo

     

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    by William Shakespeare

     

    Anne Frank’s Diary

    by Anne Frank

     

    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

    by Joan Aiken

     

    The Girl of Ink and Stars

    by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    Frankenstein Play and Extracts

    by Philip Pullam and Mary Shelley

     

    Richard III

    by William Shakespeare

     

    I am Malala

    by Malal Yousafzai

     

    Dystopian short stories

     

    Blood Brothers

    by Willy Russell

    Dear Martin

    by Nic Stone

     

    Romeo and Juliet

    by William Shakespeare

     

    We Should All Be Feminists by Ngozi Adichie

     

    Sherlock Holmes

    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

     

    Iridescent Adolescent

    by Phoebe Roy

    A Christmas Carol

    by Charles Dickens

     

    Macbeth

    by William Shakespeare

     

    An Inspector Calls

    by J. B. Priestley

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

     

    Macbeth

    by William Shakespeare

     

    An Inspector Calls

    by J. B. Priestley

     

    Texts read with students through the Tutor Time Reading Programme

    Year 7 Year 8  Year 9  Year 10 Year 11

    Chinese Cinderella

    By Adeline Yen Mah  

     

    Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales 

    by Jamila Gavin 

     

    High-Rise Mystery 

    by Sharna Jackson     

     

    Boys Don’t Cry

    by Malorie Blackman 

     

    Little Women 

    by Louisa K Alcot

     

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth 

    by Jules Verne

    Things a Bright Girl Can Do 

    by Sally Nicholls

                           

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    by Mark Haddon  

     

    The Time Machine by

    H.G. Wells  

     

    Animal Farm 

    by George Orwell    

     

    Orangeboy 

    by Patrice Lawrence         

     

    Noughts and Crosses 

    by Malorie Blackman  

    Lord of the Flies 

    By William Golding
     

    The Fountains of Silence 

    by Ruta Sepetys

     

    Touching the Void 

    by Joe Simpson

     

    Wuthering Heights

    by Emily Bronte  

      

    The Book Thief 

    by Marcus Zusak

     

    Things Fall Apart

    By Chinua Achebe

    Anita and Me 

    by Meera Syal  

     

    Rebecca 

    By Daphne Du Maurier

     

    Flowers for Algernon 

    by Daniel Keyes  

     

    The Color Purple 

    by Alice Walker  

     

    The Woman in White

    by Wilkie Collins  

     

    Great Expectations

    by Charles Dickens

    Birdsong

    by Sebastian Faulks
     

    Dark Matter 

    By Michelle Paver  

     

    1984 by George Orwell

     

    The Great Gatsby 

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

     

    Beloved 

    by Toni Morrison

     

    Silas Marner 

    by George Elliot

     

    Hard Times

    by Charles Dickens
  • Texts read with students through the Tutor Time Reading Programme

    Texts read with students through the Tutor Time Reading Programme

    Year 7 Year 8  Year 9  Year 10 Year 11

    Chinese Cinderella

    By Adeline Yen Mah  

     

    Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales 

    by Jamila Gavin 

     

    High-Rise Mystery 

    by Sharna Jackson     

     

    Boys Don’t Cry

    by Malorie Blackman 

     

    Little Women 

    by Louisa K Alcot

     

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth 

    by Jules Verne

    Things a Bright Girl Can Do 

    by Sally Nicholls

                           

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    by Mark Haddon  

     

    The Time Machine by

    H.G. Wells  

     

    Animal Farm 

    by George Orwell    

     

    Orangeboy 

    by Patrice Lawrence         

     

    Noughts and Crosses 

    by Malorie Blackman  

    Lord of the Flies 

    By William Golding
     

    The Fountains of Silence 

    by Ruta Sepetys

     

    Touching the Void 

    by Joe Simpson

     

    Wuthering Heights

    by Emily Bronte  

      

    The Book Thief 

    by Marcus Zusak

     

    Things Fall Apart

    By Chinua Achebe

    Anita and Me 

    by Meera Syal  

     

    Rebecca 

    By Daphne Du Maurier

     

    Flowers for Algernon 

    by Daniel Keyes  

     

    The Color Purple 

    by Alice Walker  

     

    The Woman in White

    by Wilkie Collins  

     

    Great Expectations

    by Charles Dickens

    Birdsong

    by Sebastian Faulks
     

    Dark Matter 

    By Michelle Paver  

     

    1984 by George Orwell

     

    The Great Gatsby 

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

     

    Beloved 

    by Toni Morrison

     

    Silas Marner 

    by George Elliot

     

    Hard Times

    by Charles Dickens

Recommended Wider Reading Texts

Each department has a list of subject-specific recommended texts that have been chosen to further enrich and broaden students’ education within and beyond each subject.

Click here to download the list of recommended wider reading texts by subject.

At The John Roan School, we welcome everyone’s involvement and participation in creating a reading culture within and beyond our school community.

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