Reading at Trinity Academy



At Trinity, reading is the heart of our curriculum: it underpins what we do in our classrooms and out of them. Our aim is to develop confident, fluent readers; to build comprehension and to foster a life-long love of books and reading. We understand it is vital to close any gaps so that students can access the curriculum in all subjects.

We believe that a love of reading for pleasure is the most important thing which we can encourage in children and young people. After all, reading for pleasure has been proven to be the single biggest indicator of future success. This means that developing a love of reading is more important in determining your success than your background, your family income or any other advantages or disadvantages which you may believe you have. By promoting the simple and irrefutable fact that we enjoy reading at Trinity, we are encouraging our students to be successful. More than that, reading is good for our hearts and souls, and teaches us so much about the world around us which we may never have experienced. We intend to broaden our students’ understanding of the world and their place within it, using novels to engage with contemporary issues such as: the changing environment and climate, gender equality, marginalisation, discrimination, protest and empowerment. Every student at Trinity has the opportunity to get lost in a story: from daily reading with their tutor group to accessing our wonderful library, students at Trinity can enjoy reading a range of books which will open up the world around them. 

If students are struggling with their confidence or ability in reading, staff at Trinity have a range of strategies to help them improve. All of our teachers have an awareness of each individual student's reading need so that they can use their expertise to support those who are struggling to make gains, and to push further those who are ready for more challenge. In addition to this, we have timetabled literacy intervention which uses a phonics-based approach to corrective reading, allowing students to work on their skills which they can then apply to any reading they do in school. 

Reading is our way of life at Trinity Academy. We aim to build a culture where all of our students read for pleasure and read to succeed every single day.  



 Silent Reading

Through daily Silent Reading sessions with their form tutor students are exposed to high-quality, fluent reading and are engaged with a variety of stories. Not only does this foster a love of reading itself, but it exposes students to a wider variety of vocabulary which will develop their own fluency and understanding.



 The books for Silent Reading are chosen to engage students with he world around them and expose them to a variety of background and experiences to broaden their horizons. 


 Year 7 Book Selection

Noah’s Gold by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Abomination by Robert Swindells

Kick by Mitch Johnson

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Where the River runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

Freedom 1783 by Catherine Johnson

A Darkness of Dragons by S.A. Patrick

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

The Dog Runner by Bren Macdibble

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Wink by Rob Harrell

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D Lapinski

 Year 8 Book Selection

Booked by Kwame Alexander

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Rules by Ryan Jacobs

The Boy who Lied by Kim Slater

The Haunting by Margaret Mahy

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Drone Racer by Andy Briggs

Ravencave by Marcus Sedgewick

Once by Morris Gleitzman

 Year 9 Book Selection

Tightrope by Gillian Cross

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Maladapted by Richard Kurti

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

Thief by Malorie Blackman

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

The Boxer by Nikesh Shukela

Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher

Slated by Terri Terry

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein

Arctic Zoo by Robert Muchamore

All That's Left in the World by Erik J Brown

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

You & Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne



 Year 10 Book Selection

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

We are all made of molecules by Susin Nielsen

The Hate U Give by Anglie Thomas

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

One in every crowd by Ivan E. Coyote

Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake

Slay by Brittney Morris

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Grow by Luke Palmer

The Program by Suzanne Young

All Of Us Villains by Amanda Foody

Never Never by Colleen Hoover

Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith



Year 11 Book Selection

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

The Dark Lady by Akala

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury




How to Support your Child's Reading 



You can encourage your child to read by… 

  • Discussing their favourite books with them and what genres or types of books they might like. 
  • Asking them about what they are reading individually or in school. 
  • Listening to them read: encouraging them to sound out unfamiliar words as they read. Don’t worry if you are also unfamiliar with any vocabulary – you can always look up new words together. 
  • Encouraging them to use the school library or a local library to check out books. 
  • Setting a fixed amount of reading time to try to stick to, such as half an hour before bed. 

More information can be found here: 10 top tips for parents to support children to read - GOV.UK (