Reading for Pleasure at Savio 

Here at Savio, our reading programme is aimed at students in years 7-10 and is designed to cultivate a love of reading in our students to help improve their reading ages, potential academic success, text comprehension and emotional wellbeing.

Over the course of one half term students in years 7-10 will read a different fiction or non-fiction text aimed at engaging both those who already read for pleasure and reluctant readers. Additionally, texts are linked to individual subjects that students undertake in secondary school so that students receive more contextual knowledge of a given topic.


Teacher Recommendations

All members of staff at Savio are committed to raising the profile of reading within the school. Take a look at some of the books our teachers are reading.


What is Literacy?

Literacy is the ability to read, write and speak effectively. People with strong literacy skills are able to communicate well, make sense of big ideas and the world around them, and achieve better educational results and better economic outcomes as they get older.

Aim to be the best reader, writer, speaker and listener that you can be, and work with Savio Salesian College to improve your reading, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary development!


How will we support your literacy development at School?

You will complete tests that give us your reading and spelling ages. Your teachers will then make sure resources for your subjects are pitched at the right level so that you have an appropriate level of challenge and can engage with texts. To help you understand challenging material, your teachers will do things such as: give you background information to a text, break the text into sections, pre-teach you vocabulary that will come up, and ask you questions.

If you have an additional learning need such as dyslexia or autism, your teachers will do things such as: make sure the font and backgrounds of texts are appropriate, give you an overlay, give you an alternative resource. Whether you have an additional need or not, all Savio staff will support you to be the best reader, writer, speaker and listener that you can be.

We will encourage you to read often, both for pleasure and for academic success! You will read full novels with your form class and in English lessons, and you will borrow books to take home and enjoy. If you write a book review of one of the books you have read, we will share it with our community online!

Your teachers will tell you if you say or spell something wrong, and give you strategies to help you learn new vocabulary or how to overcome mistakes. To help you with your writing and speaking, your teachers may do things such as: give you sentence openers and writing frames, model how to speak and write, ask you to give examples to extend your ideas, ask you to correct and learn spelling patterns.

Celebrating Pupils’ Work

We have some real talent here at Savio when it comes to Literacy! We have previously won and been recognised for public speaking competitions and writing competitions. This year we published a collection of pupils’ winning stories which you can read here -


For Pupils

Read books online here:

Listen to audio books here:


Do you like entering and winning competitions? Competitions

Write a message to an astronaut (parents must get you a code!) Win books!

Cracking Ideas (closes end of May)

A round up of competitions for those determined to win!


Do you like writing? Creative writing Platforms


Are you interested in current affairs? News & Opinion Fake News quiz

Think about the impact of literacy on your finances as you get older! Financial Literacy


Do you like games? Spelling Games Punctuation Games (there are many other games here too!) Vocabulary Games Grammar Games 


For Teachers

Get your daily fix of Literacy activities here!


For Parents

How do children learn how to read and write?

During primary school, pupils complete six phases of phonics teaching to enable them to read and spell accurately and fluently. They do this through one of three strategies: reading them automatically, decoding them quickly and silently, and decoding them aloud.

They learn, among other things: prefixes and suffixes, double letters, tense, memory strategies for high frequency or topic words, where to put apostrophes when writing contractions (shortened words), and spelling rules.

If pupils have missed part of a phase of phonics during primary school, it will have a significant impact on their reading and spelling ability in secondary school. See an explanation of the phonics phases

here You can’t walk before you can run… if you never learned how to walk, you have to go back and learn to walk before you can then learn to run!

If your child is identified as having a lower reading and spelling age than their peers, they will receive support at school. Your child’s teachers will be made aware of their reading and spelling age, and will seek ways to help your child overcome any barriers they encountered during phonics teaching at primary school.


Recommended Reads 

• Year 7 Recommended Reading List

• Year 8 Recommended Reading List 

• Year 9 Recommended Reading List 

• Year 10 Recommended Reading List 

• Year 11 Recommended Reading List


• Wellbeing Book List 

• Book Trust’s recommended books by age


How can I help my child be a better reader? 

Encourage your child to read at home, helping them to find reading material that they find engaging and challenging. Be a reading role model! Talk to your young people about what they are reading: encourage them to make connections between what they have read and their own experience, wider ideas and other things they have read. Have a look at the literacy milestones your child should have reached by the age of 12