Cheney School

Cheney School


At Cheney school, we expect all learners to be reading for 20 minutes every day. Not only does it have huge benefits in preparing learners academically by developing concentration, growing memory, and improving analytical skills, but it also is an excellent way for students to reduce stress and relax after a long day of learning.

Sometimes students can be reluctant to read; if you find your child becoming a reluctant reader, try these three steps to help re-instate their love of reading.

1)      Make sure they catch you reading - This is particularly pertinent for boys: they need to see male role models reading if they are to become successful readers.

2)      Read with them - Learners will really enjoy discussing with you what they have read. It also gives you opportunity to talk to your child about unfamiliar words, or any important information that arises from the book. By doing this, you will model that reading doesn't have to be taken too seriously. You can have fun and read at the same time.

3)      Get creative - Learners do not need to be reading big Victorian tomes. Some students want to read the classics, and that is absolutely fabulous. But if you find yourself with a reluctant reader, try engaging them with an ebook, or a graphic novel, or even news articles on the internet. All reading is beneficial, especially if it gives students the opportunity to come across new words. It's great to read! 

If you have any questions about reading or want guidance on how to read with your children, engage them in reading, or re-enthuse them please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Charlotte Broom

Assistant Head Teacher

Currently reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell 



Literacy and the wider curriculum 

Students at Cheney school are encouraged regularly to check their work, using purple pen, using the layers of the onion as a guide. This is to help students become truly reflective when it comes to the accuracy of their writing. There is an Onion poster up in every classroom in the school.