Regular reading is one of the best ways for students to improve their vocabulary and their attainment.
Reading helps students’ understanding of the literature they read in lessons and helps them to be more confident verbally. At home, students should be reading at least 30 minutes every day – this can be fiction or non-fiction. Please see below for a list of recommended reading books your child could be reading at home. These are also available in the library.
Starting from September 2019, there are a few new initiatives in place to help boost literacy levels.
1 – If your child has a reading age below 9.5 they may be selected to be part of a Phonics intervention. This aims at rapidly improving your child’s decoding skills. You will be contacted if this affects your child.
2 – All Key Stage 3,4 and 5 students need to have a reading book with them as part of their equipment. There will be checks in tutor time every morning.
3 – Every day Key Stage 3 students will have 20 minutes DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). This will be on a rota throughout the week and will expose students to more literature. They need to have their reading book with them at all times for this, but also the teacher may choose an extract to read with them during this time.
4 – All Key Stage 3 students will have a sixth English lesson added to their timetable starting in September. This lesson is reserved for a Library lesson. During this lesson they will participate in the Accelerated Reader programme. This programme determines what level students should be reading at and tests students at the end of each book they have read to determine when they can move onto a more challenging book. Books will have numbers on their spine to tell you what level they are up to, so you can track their improvement.