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As those parents who have been with us for the last few years know, we place a great deal of importance on reading for pleasure at Beccles. Through sharing our own reading experiences as staff, promoting the value of reading and using displays and events to expose our students to read a range of reading we continue to promote reading as a pastime.

National and global research has proven that there is a positive correlation between a student’s vocabulary range at age 16 and the likelihood that she will succeed at School and indeed even future level of income. Robert Kiyosaki, author of the popular book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, wrote, “If you want to be rich, you have to have a rich man’s vocabulary. Words can make you rich, or can make you poor.” Given this research, and moreover, because it is a very pleasurable activity, we want to encourage vocabulary growth in our students. This growth occurs slowly, is largely unconscious, but can be significantly improved by regular reading for pleasure.

Reading also develops a wider awareness of the world, an understanding of our own and others’ emotions and reading of fiction in particular, develops creativity and imagination. All I am sure you will agree all are valuable skills.

We hope that you will be able to lose yourself in a book not only during the summer but throughout the year and that our recommendations inspire you to turn the pages (or perhaps flick the kindle!)


Reading should be enjoyable. These recommended reads have all been enjoyed by teachers in the English department. This is by no means an exhaustive list (in fact it was incredibly difficult to keep it this short). If you need further recommendations, speak to your English teacher or visit www.armadillomagazine.co.uk. We love talking about books and, like you, we are constantly reading so we always have new things to recommend. Similarly, when you read a really great book, share your recommendations with us – they may even end up on the next Seckford Education Trust Reading list.  Happy reading!

KS3 Recommended Reading List

Action and Adventure
Classics
Dystopian
Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary People
Family and Relationships
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Ghosts, Horror and the Supernatural
Non-fiction
War Stories

KS4 Recommended Reading List

Classics
Family and Relationships
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Ghosts and Horror
Mystery, Crime and Thrillers
Other Cultures
Prize Nominees and Winners
War Stories
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