‘Read Your World’ at Southfield

At Southfield, we recognise that the ability to read is a key life skill for all and allows students greater access to the curriculum through the development of cultural capital and increased global understanding. Furthermore, we recognise the importance of reading as a tool to support the healthy mental wellbeing of all.

Throughout our whole school reading strategy, we encourage all teachers to be advocates of reading. Students are encouraged to ‘Read Your World’ and are given opportunities to read independently, read aloud, read academically and read for enjoyment during the school day. We encourage reading development through a number of strategies, including:

  • Form time reading and discussion programme;
  • Access to online reading lists and programmes for parents and students;
  • Reading age tracking for all students;
  • Reading intervention programmes;
  • Cross curricular reading training for all teachers;
  • Access to ‘The Globe Library’.


Whilst we promote reading within school, we also encourage students to read academically and for pleasure in their own time.

In order to encourage and support both you as parents/carers and your daughter, we have access to the following website with suggested reading for all age groups. By browsing one of our pre-existing reading lists or searching by theme/topic, your daughter can then read an extract before deciding if this is a text she would like to read. Books can be purchased on the website or she may choose to look for it in the school’s Globe or a local library. 

Step 1: In order to create an account, please go to the following website and create a parent account: 

Step 2: After you have registered, please go to the following link to search for Southfield School:

Step 3: When requested, enter the password below to connect to the school reading lists and browse their whole collection.

Password: asouthfieldgirlreads


Closing the word gap

We're proud to be a Word Gap Partner School in association with Oxford University Press. We're committed to closing the word gap and improving children's vocabulary and wider life chances. To find out more about the word gap, viist


What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is one of the ways that progress in reading is supported at Southfield. It is a computer program developed by Renaissance Learning that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice. Selected students in Years 7 and 8 take part in the scheme and will have lessons dedicated to development of reading skills using AR.


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How Does AR Work?

Your daughter picks a book at her own level and reads it at her own pace. When finished, your daughter takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives students and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help set your daughter targets and direct on-going reading practice.

Students using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Teachers and librarians help your daughter choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that she can pass the quiz and experience success.