We are very passionate about books at SFG. Pupils of all ages are expected to read widely and diversely to broaden their horizons and to improve their literacy. All pupils are expected to have a reading book with them at all times.
Research has shown that reading for pleasure makes a huge difference to children’s educational performance. Children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
We devote a large amount of curriculum time to reading in each subject. In addition we have two periods of stand alone reading lessons where adults and children read together.
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. Below is a suggested reading list for your child over the summer holidays.
Year 6 Summer Reading List
Try and read five of these books over the holidays.
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Boy X by Dan Smith
- Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Demolition Dad by Phil Earle
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin
- Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
- My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
- Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
- She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
- Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
- The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainini
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt