The Ideal Scene for Reading

The ideal scene for reading at school would be to have, at the end of Key Stage Three, all children

• reading voluminously in a wide range of fields, on their own determinism

• continually winning and participating

• over time, mastering books of a certain vocabulary level and kind in preparation for more advanced studies.

This would mean that children would complete the programme enjoying reading, wanting to read more and wanting to broaden their range of reading, having become acquainted with chosen classics of English literature.

Consequently, the H.E.A.R.T. programme was developed to:

• encourage improvement initially in the amount of material read, not, at first, the standard of material

• blend a detailed concern for individual child progress with a continuous emphasis on group activity

• enable ongoing child participation without imposing an ‘other-determined’ regime of reading material