City of Norwich School

Reading at CNS

Reading for purpose and pleasure and wider reading 


At the City of Norwich School we see reading development as an integral part of the school curriculum and our school day. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop our students’ reading skills so they can become effective, independent learners.

Reading skills are developed in tutor time and throughout lessons. All students and staff are asked to drop everything and read each day during tutor time which is termed Reading for Purpose. Reading for Purpose resources are provided to further both literacy skills and subject knowledge.

We promote Reading for Pleasure strongly throughout the whole of our school community. We want students to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to discuss authors, books and themes. To support this we have a well-stocked library of fiction to non-fiction texts for Years 7 -13 available to sign out and read at home.

We are an enthusiastic, vibrant reading school with regular reading quizzes and events being held; from the Accelerated Reader quizzes throughout Years 7 and 8, to participating in national literature competitions. We value the benefit of students’ developing wider reading skills outside of school so seek to support this with recommended reading lists and materials throughout the key stages.

Accelerated Reader is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age and suggests books that match pupils’ needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books they read and earn points as they progress.