Spring Term Reading Challenge

This term we have been challenging Key Stage 3 students to read as much as they can within a given theme. The first half of the spring term focused on History!

Have a look at the video below to celebrate some of the reviews completed by our students.

World Book Day

Resources for World Book Day next week are coming soon!


1. How can you be a good reader?

• Predict
• Link to own knowledge/experiences
• Question
• Summarise
• Re-read
• Recognise and solve difficulties
• Link sections of text
• Visualise
• Read!

2. Why is reading important?

Your reading skills influence your ability to succeed in every subject you study.

It also allows you read for enjoyment while you are at school and when you get older.

The diagram below shows you the reading ages of some books, newspapers and exams.

The table below shows some typical reading ages of some more exams. If your reading ages is below that, you will struggle to access the information in the questions.

3. Frequency – how often should you read?

If you are in Y7, 8 or 9 you will read every day during DEAR.

You should also be reading every day at home.

Make sure that you are reading a book in your reading range. The LRC has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Or you can chose a book from home and check the reading range on www.arbookfind.co.uk.

All students, in every year group, should try and read as much as possible. This could be a book, a newspaper or the BBC news website, a magazine, etc. Anything that you read will improve your vocabulary and your general knowledge.

4. How to practice understanding what you read

What is inference and analysis?

Inference – “When readers infer they use their prior knowledge and clues in the text to draw conclusions and form their own interpretations of text.”

Debbie Miller – Reading with Meaning

Analysis – ‘Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something.’

Online definition

4a. Practice inference and analysis with diagrams first

It is easier to analyse and infer from diagrams than text. Therefore, you should practice these skills with diagrams first.

For example, you could look at an image really carefully and then complete the table below.

Example 1

Example 2

4b. Inference and Analysis from Text

Use reading PAWS to help you to infer and analyse information from text!



M1 Northbound Closed After Tanker Spills Sulphuric Acid

In dense fog, yesterday, a tanker accident happened at 5am on the northbound stretch of the M1. The tanker was carrying highly dangerous sulphuric acid. All three northbound lanes were closed for six hours.

Responding to the accident, fire crews from Nottingham and Leicester were involved. A Derby crew were put on standby as a precaution. The fire chief coordinating the fire crews said, “It was a miracle no one was seriously hurt and it was lucky the accident happened at 5am.”

After reading the text (maybe a few times) complete the PAWS diagram