Approach to Reading

Approach to Reading

At The Oakwood Academy, we recognise the importance that reading has in ensuring that students achieve well academically as well as expand their knowledge and vocabulary. With this in mind, we invest curriculum time in Years 7, 8 and 9 to ensure that students read widely and make rapid improvements in their reading ages.


Reading in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Students in Years 7 and 8, and some English classes in Year 9, will have one lesson in the library a week. This is known as their Accelerated Reader lesson. Students will work with a programme called Accelerated Reader which helps students to understand the level of book they should be reading. Once a student has read their book they complete a short online quiz to check their comprehension of the book and then discuss with the librarian, based on these results, what to read next.

Students can log onto Accelerated Reader here:

You can read more about how AR works in this Parent Guide and Parent Guide - Helping your Child with Literacy too.

Students in these years will all have 15 minutes a day Drop Everything and Read time. This allows them to read for 15 minutes every day. The time for this is rolled through the periods of the week (e.g. in the first week it will be 15 minutes every period 1. The week after it will be during period 2). We are temporarily moving DEAR time to tutor time when we return in September 2020.


Reading in Years 10 and 11

Although they do not have a daily reading slot, students in Years 10 and 11 still need to bring a book to school as part of their ready to learn equipment as they will have one DEAR period during a tutor time slot.



We recognise that some students will not come to us with age-appropriate reading skills. We work closely with these students, using a range of targeted interventions, to support the development of their reading skills. Interventions include Lexia, Catch-up Reading and Inference development. Students are identified at the start of the academic year and parents informed of the specific intervention taking place.


Reading during the holidays

We actively encourage students to read when they are not at school, ideally for 30 minutes a day. Students can continue to borrow books from their local libraries. Below is a list of websites and resources which can support students to continue to read on devices/where physical books are limited.


Go enter the following login information:

a. School Name: The Oakwood Academy (type the first few letters of your school and select from the drop-down menu)

b. Username: the453student

c. Password: read

Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!

This document gives you a range of websites where you can sign up for free books to be read online: Free eBooks Online

Here are four collections of short stories that you might find interesting to read based on the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water.


Your support

We have put together this handy guide for parents with more information about the Accelerated Reader programme as well as some tips to help you support your child with their literacy developments.What Parents need to know.