Importance of Reading

Reading is a developmental process that involves constructing meaning from text. The process is interactive and involves the reader’s purpose for reading, the reader’s prior knowledge and experience, and the text itself. It begins to happen when the young learner realizes that print conveys meaning and becomes concerned with trying to make sense of the marks on the page. Reading helps us to clarify our ideas, feelings, thoughts and opinions. Literature offers us a means of understanding ourselves and others, and has the power to influence and structure thinking. Well-written fiction provides opportunities for learners to imagine themselves in another’s situation, reflecting on feelings and actions, and developing empathy. The ability to read and comprehend non-fiction is essential for the process of inquiry. As inquirers, learners need to be able to identify, synthesize and apply useful and relevant information from text. Children learn to read by reading. In order to develop lifelong reading habits, learners need to have extended periods of time to read for pleasure, interest, and information, experiencing an extensive range of quality fiction and non-fiction texts. As learners engage with interesting and appealing texts, appropriate to their experiences and developmental phase, they acquire the skills, strategies and conceptual understanding necessary to become competent, motivated, independent readers.


Gemma by Daniel Errico was the first novel chosen for the Reading Program to be integrated as a part of the UOI: Where we are in place and time.There were various parts in the story which focused on the holistic development of students. One chapter had to be read every day for 25 days  which was followed up with questions related to 

  • Independent research skills

  • Integrated research skills

  • Questions on self management skills

  • Stand alone grammar topics

  • Performing arts

  • P.E

  • Library

  • Open-ended questions

This program was supported by ongoing assessments, peer assessments, presentations, group discussions and a summative assessment that summed up the entire novel.


Young Critics


Learning the correct ways of reviewing a novel or a book is extremely important. We learnt some serious techniques of book review which involves phases in our writing style. We include details of the author, the book, and a few events that can grab the reader's attention towards a book. A constructive and honest feedback supporting the ratings of a book is always complimentary to enhance your review. These are a few samples of our book reviews below: