Reading at St. Osmund’s CE Middle School

 “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”

 Neil Gaiman author of Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. 

Dear Ossie’s Families,

At St. Osmund’s we understand and value the importance of reading in the education of your children. Evidenced based research points clearly to the fact that learning to read and discovering an enjoyment of reading is of vital importance to a child’s academic and life achievement. Reading enables children to: acquire a broader vocabulary, increase their general knowledge, access the whole curriculum and gain a better understanding of the world we live in.

Children at St. Osmund’s, are encouraged to read daily for a minimum of ten minutes. For our younger children the opportunity for you to listen to your child read and for you to read to them is a valuable and precious time in their lives. I have myself such fond memories of these times and am sure that this experience inspired in me a lifelong love of reading.

As a school, we provide the following opportunities for your children to embrace a love of reading, whilst expanding their knowledge and reading skills.

  •          one English lesson per fortnight in the library
  •          reading fluency lessons in Year 5 and 6
  •          Lexia
  •          daily ( apart from a Friday when there is whole school worship) reading time with the tutor
  •          book club run by Miss Hewitt for Year 6
  •          recommended reading lists for ages 9+
  •          fiction books recommended by our teachers


Mrs. Boon

Assistant Headteacher: Teaching and Learning


A sample of extracts from some exciting books