We wish for our SMSJ families to encourage a love of reading at home. We want our children to have the opportunity to use their imaginations and escape into literature, which over time, and with the turning of every page, will allow them to become exposed to other cultures, countries and characters, to allow them to become well-read individuals.
We firmly believe in academic research which clearly illustrates the benefits of reading to boost academic progress across all curriculum subjects.
The Power of Reading Reading is very important to us at SMSJ and so pupils are given the opportunity to read the following texts once a week during PAM Time with their peers and PAM tutors.
Early Years Julia Donaldson
Key Stage One Roald Dahl
Key Stage Two David Walliams
Key Stage Three/Four A recommended reading list is in the pupil planner.
Year 7 - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Year 8 - Al Capone Does My Shirts
Year 9 - The Book Thief
Year 10 - Of Mice and Men
Year 11 - Purple Hibiscus
We recognise the power of reading at SMSJ and children will be awarded with Bronze, Silver and Gold badges to reward and acknowledge their passion for reading. Please review the pupil planners for more information about our Power of Reading initiative and see a list of recommended authors and texts to encourage reading at home.
We also wish to direct you to the following website, which lists the yearly winners of the Carnegie Children's Book Awards for the last 80 years.
The following link will direct you to even more age specific texts