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|Literacy Coordinator||Miss E Ritchie|
Literacy across the Curriculum
Literacy is essential to all learning throughout the school, in all years and across all subject areas. At Chelmer Valley, we know that good literacy skills help students to communicate effectively, and that being confident in their literacy skills allows students to achieve their potential across the curriculum. Because literacy is integral to our students’ success, we aim to ensure all learners at our school emerge as confident and articulate communicators.
Reading for pleasure
A significant amount of research from around the world suggests that reading for pleasure can raise literacy standards and help support student progress. As a school, we take every opportunity to promote reading for pleasure, this includes reading during tutor time, library lessons and Drop Everything and Read. We ask that students carry a reading book with them at all times.
For more information on how to support your child’s reading at home, please download the document below. We have also provided a list of exciting books that can be used to engage reluctant readers.
All students in Year 7 participate in Accelerated Reader and have a dedicated ‘AR’ lesson once a fortnight. There are also approximately 120 students across Year 8 and Year 9 who take part in the scheme.
Accelerated Reader helps students to become more able readers by encouraging reading for pleasure and ensuring that all students are reading texts that are of an appropriate level for their age and skill set. Students are encouraged to choose and read books within their reading level before taking an online quiz to determine how much they understood and can remember. Students win points for completing their chosen books and passing their quizzes, which add together towards their target points total each term. After the introduction of Accelerated Reader in 2015, we saw a dramatic rise in the number of students reading for pleasure, and significant improvements in reading proficiency.
The Accelerated Reader scheme states that for the best results, students should be reading for 25 – 30 minutes every day. To help you find books at the right reading level for your child, click on the link below.
Weekly Literacy Focus
To ensure all our students have the skills they need to be effective communicators, we have a whole school literacy focus that changes each week. These foci cover a range of grammar topics and are used to help develop our students’ ability to write clearly and cohesively.
For additional resources to support your child with literacy at home, please see the documents below.
The Word of the Week
Our ‘Word of the Week’ helps students to develop their vocabulary and develop a love for language by exposing them to all sorts of weird and wonderful words. The ‘Word of the Week’ is used during tutor time and in lessons by teachers, and students are encouraged to use it too!
Improving Literacy through Feedback
Years of educational research suggests that one of the best ways to improve students’ skills is through effective feedback. At Chelmer Valley, all subjects offer students feedback on their literacy, as well as suggestions on how to improve their spelling, grammar, punctuation and essay writing skills. Activities during lesson time regularly offer students opportunities to become better communicators.
If you have any further questions or would like any advice on supporting your child with literacy at home, please contact Miss Ritchie by email: firstname.lastname@example.org