We have a clear and diverse Tutor Time Reading Programme at Coleridge Community College of which we are justifiably proud. We seek to develop the reading culture within our school community and encourage reading for pleasure. We want all our students to develop an appreciation of language and the craft of writing. The programme is designed to ensure all students have access to high quality texts and experience a range of authors, genres and styles that they may not normally encounter within their own personal reading. Many of the books chosen for the programme have won various awards and are regarded as literary classics – some of which our students wouldn’t normally read. The programme aims to expose students to this rich variety of literature not only to promote the enjoyment of reading, but also to gain ‘cultural capital’ and to help shape their character.
The Tutor Time Reading Programme is led by form tutors who read each text aloud modelling fluent and expressive reading whilst highlighting difficult language to close the vocabulary gap and expose our students to high level words. This programme seeks to place reading at the heart of the curriculum and ethos of Coleridge Community College.
The Tutor Time Reading Programme runs every morning (apart from each year’s weekly assembly day) and each tutor group read for at least 15 minutes daily. Every tutor group is allocated a set text and tutors will read this text aloud while students follow in their own book. Tutors model fluent and expressive reading focusing on pace, pause, intonation and expression. They will identify and highlight difficult language to close the vocabulary gap and expose our students to high level words (vocabulary not normally encountered in everyday speech). As they read, tutors will discuss and embed synonyms of these high level words to ensure students understand and are exposed to new, challenging language. Once a tutor group has finished a text, they will be allocated a new one.