tHE TUTOR READING PROGRAMME
“The more you read, the more you know. The more that you learn, the places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss could have been talking about the students at Yate Academy with this quote as reading has become a core part of everyday life. Our unique and inspiring reading programme gives our students the opportunity to read classic literature every morning. Classic texts include: Tamar, ‘1984’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘To kill a Mocking Bird’, ‘Counting stars’, ‘Touching the Void’, and ‘The diary of Anne Frank’. These are just a few of the titles that our students have enjoyed. By the end of year 11, our students will have read a huge number of books with challenging themes and vocabulary. When you walk around the building in the morning there is a sense of calm and focus as students enjoy their latest book, but don’t be surprised if you see staff touched by the emotion of the books like ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness.
Students are also given the opportunity to read for pleasure at the end of every school day. The whole school ‘drops everything and reads’ for 20 minutes to finish off our school day. These reading programmes have really helped to increase literacy levels but also to develop a love for reading in our students.