SMART Reading

We are really excited to be launching a brand new initiative this year across Years 7-10. SM*RT (South Molton Reading Time). Here are some  details:

When? Daily, during timetabled SM*RT time

Who? House year groups, with their teacher (reading mentor)

How? Teachers, as reading mentors, read to their tutees, who track the text with a SM*RT book mark

Which texts? See the attached overview of texts allocated to each year group

Why? There is growing evidence in the field of education to suggest that the act of reading is one of the best ways in which to improve academic performance in the long-term.


Additional benefits of reading together:

1. A social experience that builds a sense of community and belonging

2. Regular modelling of fluent, passionate reading delivered by Reading Mentors

3. Exposure to countless words and phrases not found in everyday dialogue

4. Coverage of a wealth of themes and concepts valuable for personal development

5. On-going improvement in independent reading skills


We are incredibly proud to be a leading school implementing a programme on such a scale as this. From early feedback, it’s positive impact can already be seen. We are certain that the energy and commitment invested by each member of staff will reap huge gains, both on an academic and a pastoral level too. Texts have been selected extremely carefully to ensure that the range of narratives available address age-appropriate themes and offer a high level of challenge too. We are dedicated to ensuring that progress is made at every stage of your child’s learning journey and we are sure that this new initiative will provide endless opportunities for that.


Strategies for supporting your child at home:


Be interested ask about the book daily – plot, characters, themes, predictions

Be sensitive ensure your child has chance to discuss delicate themes that arise

Be aware feel free to purchase and read the book that your child is reading (as long as they don’t jump ahead in the book beyond their peers!)

Be relaxed offer a calm, stress-free environment that cultivates enthusiasm

Be an example let your child see you reading for pleasure on a regular basis at home


We are really excited about this adventure and hope you will join us in supporting your child with their reading journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.

Smart reading list