Reading at The Colne


All of our year 7 BookBuzz orders have been placed and we will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of these books! Please expect them after half term.

In the meantime, please head on over to our Linked Reading and Recommended Reading pages to see what our teachers recommend for wider knowledge reading, as well as what you could be reading for pleasure.

Miss Reuben

news september 2020:

As the new year begins, our booklists have been updated too. Please head on over to Recommended Reading to browse our 2020-2021 reading recommendations.

Don't forget to submit your Summer Reading Challenge reads! We are eager to see what you and your family have been reading during the summer break. Please speak to Miss Reuben (Literacy and Reading Coordinator) for any more information regarding reading for pleasure, or the Summer Reading Challenge.

Miss Reuben

NEWS july 2020:

We are delighted to introduce our Summer Reading Challenge for all students at The Colne school.

Research shows that reading for pleasure has a significant impact on academic progress and attainment across the curriculum, and reading during the summer can aid this progress further. Reading is also great for developing empathy, boosting confidence, and enhancing creativity.

The Summer Reading Challenge is an initiative we are offering to all Colne students. The goal is to read 6 books that relate to 6 different topics. Each book can only be counted towards one topic, even if it fits into multiple. Once a student has read a book, they can give the book a star rating on the ticket provided (please see the attached file) and fill in the Summer Reading Challenge Log on Google Forms to let us know their thoughts and opinions. Upon our return to school, students will receive 25 ARK points per book read, or 200 if all 6 books have been read. Names will also enter a raffle to receive a reward for their efforts; the more books read, the more their name is entered in the raffle. We will draw raffle tickets in late September and these students will be a part of a prize event to reward their achievements.

Audiobooks can also count for the challenge. Please see that one of the topics is 'a book your parent/carer has read', so you have the opportunity to reread a favourite of yours with your child!

If you have any questions, please direct them to Miss Reuben (Literacy and Reading Coordinator).

Why read?

Reading for pleasure is possibly the single-most important activity your child can do to improve achievement in school. Research has shown that reading helps cognitive development; a recent IoE study revealed that students who read at home do ‘significantly better’ across the curriculum – including 9.9% better in maths – than students who don’t read. Linked to this is the fact that reading is the best way to improve vocabulary, essential for success in every subject.

Reading also has social and emotional benefits. It increases self-esteem and studies show that students who read are more empathetic. Growing up is tough - reading can help young people explore complex problems from the safe fictional world of a book.

  • More important indicator of success than socio-economic/educational status of parents (OECD/PISA 2009)

  • Aids with cognitive development and impacts across the curriculum – likely to do ‘significantly better’, with a 9.9% advantage in Maths by age 16! (IoE, London, 2013).

  • Science achievement: Researchers found that the strongest factor affecting pupils’ science scores is reading comprehension (EEF, September 2017)

  • Reading improves teenagers’ vocabulary by 26% regardless of background (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, November 2017)

  • Develops confidence and self-esteem – can be incredibly empowering for young people

  • Helps young people to deal with complex issues from the safe fictional environment of the book

  • Increases empathy

Do you have a reluctant reader? Please see our tips for parents to engage their children.

Recommended and Linked Reading

Our Recommended Reading lists comprise of a variety of topics and for a variety of ages. We want to push a love of reading for all of our students as research shows that reading for 20 minutes per day can improve a range of skills and knowledge.

Our Linked Reading lists comprise of recommended books from our departments to enhance knowledge and skills in each topic area. They have been split for KS3 and KS4 as a guide as some books may contain information that are challenging for younger readers. Please use the websites on these pages to research reviews and ratings of these books.

We recommend one linked reading book per half term, meaning a minimum of 6 books read over the academic year. This can be from any topic or subject and, of course, if your child wanted to read more this is highly encouraged! Linked reading is shown to improve understanding of the topics taught, expose children to higher vocabulary, and enhance empathy and literacy skills within the classroom.

For an overview of the importance of reading, please view the infographics below. We will regularly update the Recommended Reading and Linked Reading pages for an updated list of books for your children to read.