Robust reading

From January 2019, we implemented some exciting developments with reading for pleasure at Dixons City. Students each have a Robust Reading session for 20 minutes every day where they spend time reading and their tutor reads aloud to the group. The aim of Robust Reading is to ensure every student reads high quality and challenging texts so they are instilled with the knowledge to think critically and creatively. We also want our students to enjoy reading and become confident readers who read both at school and at home.

The books selected for Robust Reading have been carefully chosen and will provide students with a wide range of literary experiences. The selected books will not only enhance students’ reading skills but also their cultural and contextual understanding. This may mean that, on occasion, they are exposed to some words or references which are of a sensitive nature e.g. sexual references or swear words. As with any such content, staff will approach this appropriately and explain the context required for students to accept these issues with maturity and understanding.

Our aim is to enthuse students by this daily reading opportunity and we ask that parents show interest at home and discuss books with your son/daughter, even if it is not something you have read yourself. Further guidance on supporting students with literacy at home can be found here.

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