Creating ‘expert readers’

At Cramlington we recognise the importance and value in all our pupils becoming expert readers.  We know from widely available research that creating a curriculum which helps develop pupils’  literacy skills opens doors for young people giving them the essential skills to succeed which, in turn, enables them to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

The ambition to create “expert readers” is a key part of our aims for the school and is threaded throughout our curriculum across all key stages.

Firstly, it is important to remember that we believe it is most important that pupils enjoy reading and see the benefits of immersing themselves in a great story or book.  With our librarian we have created a library full of interesting reads and give our students access to an exciting programme of author visits throughout the school.

Expert readers:

  1. Expert readers are able to tackle increasingly challenging fiction and non fiction textsWe want students to experience a range of reading material which helps them to broaden their understanding and knowledge but also deal with complex language.
  2. Expert readers are confident using strategies when reading subject specific texts.  Teachers across all departments plan into schemes of learning the use of subject specific texts from science to history to art and literature.  Expert readers are able to apply skills which include summarising, asking questions and identifying important information which leads to better comprehension.
  3. Expert readers have a broad and deep range of specialist vocabularyAn important aim of what is taught is the vocabulary and language needed for deep understanding in all subjects.
  4. Expert readers are able to read a text quickly and fluently.   For some of our pupils improving their reading fluency will be a key aim of becoming an expert reader; speed and fluency affects how well we read and understand a text.

Our Students talking about the importance of reading

Some of our Year 7 and 8 expert readers have put together a video talking about the TOP 10 REASONS to READ at HOME.

The Big Read

The Big Read event is a celebration of the amazing work pupils and staff do to ensure that reading remains a key priority for all our students across all year groups but particularly in Years 7-9. The event is also a chance to raise the profile and importance of reading for pleasure throughout school as well as developing pupils’ understanding of the reading skills and strategies used in different subjects.

This year the Big takes place during the week 2nd to 6th December 2019. Throughout the week lessons in all subjects have been planned to immerse pupils in opportunities to read subject specific texts as well.