Intervention sessions, breakfast clubs and holiday classes are held to ensure the success of all students; this is planned to continue this academic year. Please refer to the School’s extra-curricular activities for more information.
Aspects of literacy are built into every English lesson, as well as on a whole school approach. Literacy is interwoven into the fabric of everyday school life and involves all staff. It features in all the school’s development plans. It is within our Department’s vision to:
- Ensure all pupils have high levels of literacy appropriate to their age.
- Ensure pupils read widely and often across all subjects.
- Ensure pupils develop and apply a wide range of skills to great effect, in reading, writing and communication.
- Ensure that the teaching of reading, writing and communication is highly effective and cohesively planned and implemented across the curriculum.
- Ensure excellent policies ensure that pupils have high levels of literacy, or pupils are making excellent progress in literacy.
What we do as a department to raise the literacy levels of our students:
- Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) –
- All students at KS3 and all students in Year 11 are encouraged to read for 20 minutes at the start of every Study period. This is to promote a love of reading but also to ensure they opportunities to access reading content that will benefit all subject areas.
- All students are required to bring a book every day.
- Tutorial, Study Period and Weekly SPaG foci –
All students across each group complete various reading, writing and speaking and listening activities across the curriculum to enable students to transfer literacy skills into every subject area.
Students in Year 7-9 are paired with a College student who support their reading. This occurs twice a week and has been a popular programme to develop the confidence in our students to read aloud.
All students in Year 7 and 8, and selected students in Year 9 follow AR in their library lessons. Research proves that students who use Accelerated Reader are more likely to:
- enjoy reading
- have a favourite book
- agree that reading is ‘cool’
- read regularly at least once a week outside class
- agree that they will get a better job when they grow up if they are good at reading
- engage in independent reading
Their progress is monitored by Mrs Kennedy (School Librarian) and English teachers.
Every student in each year group completes a weekly spelling test linked to key words and terms related to the scheme of learning. Please click on the link for the spellings this Autumn Term.