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Nightingale Academy

Learning with truth and love

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Learning with truth and love


At The King’s we know how important reading is to our students. Being able to read well is a key driver in students’ academic successes, prepares them for navigating adult life and allows them to explore their own interests outside of school. It is therefore our duty to prepare students to read with precision and insight.


We ensure that reading is a priority throughout all areas of school life; we have a well-stocked library, have fortnightly reading for pleasure lessons in KS3 English, run a reading programme in Chapter Time, plan for reading across all curriculum areas and provide a range of extra-curricular enrichment opportunities which promote reading. 


Our Library


We have a school librarian, Mrs Little, so that students can benefit from recommendations and borrow books and other reading materials. Mrs Little also organises Bookbuzz where all of our year 7 and 8s receive a free book, World Book Day and supports in reading lessons and with literacy competitions.


Chapter Time Reading


During chapter time, students read from a range of fiction and non-fiction texts extracts as well as the whole-class reading of novels.

Here is a selection of the books being read by Years 7 – 11 during Chapter Time:

  • Trash – Andy Mulligan

  • Can you see me? – Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

  • Noughts and Crosses – Marjorie Blackman

  • Where the World Ends - Gillian McCaughrean

  • The Extinction Trials – S. M. Wilson

  • The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

  • To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas



Reading Across The Curriculum


We encourage the use of VIPERS reading (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, and summarising) across the curriculum to allow for students to practice a range of skills with a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. This also exposes students to a range of vocabulary and writing styles.


Enrichment Opportunities


We regularly run a variety of reading and writing competitions across all year groups and have even had many students published! Some of these books are available at the school reception. There are popular book clubs running for Years 7, 8 and 9. We reward enthusiastic readers via our school reward system to show the value it has in our school. Every fortnight, a new article is ‘published’ in the canteen for students to read and discuss over their lunch. The topics covered so far this year include sports, music, technology, science and current affairs.

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