Literacy and Reading
“Research shows us how essential reading skills are for our students to make connections between their subjects. The average reading age required to access GCSE level texts and examination papers is 15 years and 8 months.” National Literacy Trust
At Oldfield we believe that literacy and reading are key skills for students to access the wider curriculum and that reading is integral to our whole curriculum. If our pupils can’t read well, they can’t access the learning that our curriculum has to offer. Therefore we believe in the importance of reading for our students both for academic purposes and also for pleasure and all the benefits that go with that; research suggests that regular reading increases health and wellbeing, reading for pleasure has been found to improve self-esteem, providing the grounding we need to pursue our goals and make life decisions. Reading can also aid our sleep, reduce feelings of loneliness and increase our emotional intelligence.
We are creating the environment for our students to access all sorts of reading materials and want to encourage their curiosity in finding the subject matter they enjoy. Our library information is available here.
We know how important reading is to building confidence and supporting our young people for lifelong learning. Reading regularly will help boost students’ vocabulary, increase cultural capital and develop their empathy and imagination.