Da Vinci Academy is committed to providing high quality reading opportunities for all pupils. We believe that reading for pleasure is a vital part of everyday life. We actively encourage pupils to develop a love of reading: this will enable them to interact with texts not only as entertainment, but also as portals to development. We follow the synthesis of research provided by Doug Lemov’s book, ‘Reading Reconsidered’ which surmises that there are four key reading priorities when it comes to learning.


The four key reading priorities are:

1 Read harder texts

2 ‘Close read’ texts vigorously and intentionally

3 Read more non-fiction more effectively

4 Write more effectively in direct response to texts


We believe that, by equipping teachers with need-to-know reading approaches, students will better understand – and enjoy reading – the texts they encounter during their learning journey.


Morning Reading Programme (MR)

DVA is committed to providing a Morning Reading Programme to help all students achieve their potential. Research has shown that reading is just as important for secondary students as it is for younger years. As a school, we are delighted to launch MR which will see DVA reading from a wide ranging canon, encompassing the best that has ever been written!


3 times per week, students will be read to by their form tutor whilst they follow along in their own book. From January students will be reading:


Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah – Year 7

Northern Lights, Phillip Pullman – Year 8

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – Year 9

Touching the Void, Joe Simpson – Year 10


Recommended reading lists for students:

Year 7 and Year 8

Year 9 and Year 10

Year 11