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Reading at Paddington

At Paddington, we understand the importance of reading.  Reading is the academic key that unlocks the curriculum, influencing knowledge, skills and vocabulary in every subject discipline. Reading can also be a source of joy and pleasure, and we want all of our students to develop a love and appreciation of reading. We dedicate time within the school day for reading and ensure that our students have access to a rich, diverse and challenging range of texts.

Tutor Time Reading

During tutor time, students have protected time for guided reading. We carefully select age-appropriate and engaging texts aimed at broadening students’ literacy and cultural understanding. As the reading session is led by the form tutor, we create a safe and supportive reading environment in which students can develop fluency and confidence.

Tutor time texts for this term:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10 Year 12

‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green ‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey

DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)

To help develop a love of reading for pleasure, we protect time at the start of the school day for Year 7 and Year 8 students to read. For 15 minutes each day, students independently read a book of their choice before their lesson begins. For DEAR time, students can choose a book from the school library or bring a book from home.

School library

At the heart of our building lies the school library. This purpose-built space has been designed to create a stimulating and supportive environment for reading. We invest in our library to ensure that we have a strong selection of literature, ranging from the classics to contemporary fiction across all genres. All students have access to the library at break, lunch and after school.

Books of the term

This term, the library has selected three great books that we think our students will enjoy reading! Students can visit the library to learn more about the books and decide which one they would like to start reading this term. Our library has a wide range of books, so if our books of term don’t take your fancy, feel free to select another. The school librarian will be happy to assist in selecting a great book for you based on your interests.

‘Lark’ by Anthony McGowan

‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

Things are getting tense at home for Nicky and Kenny as they wait for a visit from their estranged mum. To escape, they go for a walk on the moors, taking their little Jack Russell terrier with them.

But what should have been a laugh, a lark, turns deadly when the weather changes and they are caught in a blizzard. Nothing will ever be quite the same again...

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.



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