Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading at Oasis Silvertown

At Oasis Academy Silvertown, we recognise the importance and value of literacy and the impact it can have on a child’s life. Fostering a love of reading in young people isn't just about their ability to enjoy a book. Literacy is fundamentally a social justice issue. 

Researchers have found that literacy is arguably the most important factor to a child's success in school. Poor literacy creates long-term inequalities; weak readers at school continue to be weak readers as adults and often find themselves locked out of educational and employment opportunities.

We seek to empower literacy and place it at the heart of what we do at school by providing students with a platform to engage with diverse books that both challenge and inspire. Evidence shows that students who read for pleasure are likely to achieve better academically and experience improved mental health and wellbeing.

Please see below advice and recommendation to support your child’s literacy:

1)   Oasis Community Learning has committed to provide an iPad to every pupil as part of its Horizons programme to ‘enhance learning for all’. These IPad can be used to access e-books and podcasts your child can read and listen to.

2)   We recommend that all students should be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Please find attached below diverse reading lists to enhance your child’s reading journey:

General reading lists for secondary school children

Black and Minority Ethic (BAME) reading lists

LGBTQ+ reading list:

Classic literature reading list

Books for fans of video games

Free e-books

Podcast lists

3)   Ensure that your children see you reading. It doesn't matter if it's the newspaper, a cookery book, romantic novel, detective mystery, short stories, magazine anything!

4)   Encourage children to join in - ask a child to read out a recipe for you as you cook, or the TV listings when you are watching TV.

5)   Give books or book tokens as presents (and encourage others to do so!)

6)   Visit the local library together on a regular basis, and enjoy spending time choosing new books.

7)   Encourage children to carry a book at all times so they can read on journeys or in spare moments – you can do this, too!

8)   Keep reading together! There are lots of books that both adults and young people can enjoy.

9)   Make sure your home is a reading home - have a family bookshelf and make sure there are shelves in your children's bedrooms as well.

10) Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading.