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Reading at Trinity

English Lessons

Our curriculum is based upon challenging, canonical texts. Students study classic works of literature, allowing them to broaden their background knowledge and take part in the conversation of humanity. All of our units contain a wealth of non-fiction and short stories and reading is at the core of what we do. Across 5 years, students are explicitly taught vocabulary as well as specific sentence constructions in order to raise the sophistication and clarity of their writing.

Family Group Reading

Every week, students in years 7-10 read together for one family group session, helping them to build their background knowledge and introducing them to texts that they probably wouldn’t read on their own.


KS3 Reading Home Learning

Students in years7, 8 and 9 are set weekly reading home learning on You can ask your child to show you their account and check if they are completing their reading and meeting deadlines. Years 7 and 8 reading home learning is set and checked every Tuesday , Year 9 home learning is set and checked every Friday.

Reading Support and Intervention

When students begin at Trinity, they are tested to see if they are behind with their reading. Students who are behind are given highly effective reading support classes that rapidly get them up to age related expectations.

What can you do at home?

Students who read for pleasure regularly are more likely to succeed at school and you can help them to develop a regular reading habit. People who read a lot tend to have better vocabulary, broader general knowledge and a more comprehensive understanding of the world.

  1. Show you child that you are a reader : Students that have adult readers in the lives are more likely to develop a habit of reading themselves

  2. Talk to your child about books 
  • Ask them about what they are reading
  • Ask them if they have been to the library at school. Students can borrow books from here for free and there is a wide selection of titles!
  1. Daily reading time
  • Students should read a book they have chosen for half an hour each day
  • Choose a time slot that works best and stick to it: Evening? Morning?
  • Incorporate this into their home learning schedule
  • You could use a reward chart to motivate students to keep up with their reading