Improving literacy at Brixham College
As we are aware, many of our students have difficulty with reading and accessing the curriculum, resulting from low levels of literacy and reading skills. This is a significant gap and a whole school approach to reading and the development of literacy and vocabulary will be a key focus moving forward. It is essential that our students read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age.
By having a whole school emphasis on reading, we will hopefully raise the importance of this skill in school and support students in developing their academic literacy and vocabulary. The wider impact will be the development of this in subjects and the development of academic literacy.
Guided reading is an approach at Years 7 – 9 which is there to support students with the development of literacy. By reading together and having an opportunity to focus on literacy and vocabulary this will impact on progress in all subjects.
• Students will have a guided reading session each day.
• Guided reading will be lead by the Tutor in an afternoon
• This will be a 25 minute session
• Students will all be reading the same book in class
• Students will read a selection of books across the year which will be Modern, Pre 1914 and World Seminals
Year 7 Good reads
Emerging – I know something about the topic and with help, I can apply the skill
Developing – I know three things about the topic but unsure how to apply it and sometimes still make errors
Mastered - I know about the topic and know when and why it is important. I am secure with the knowledge
Ambitious – I am able to teach others about the topic and apply it to different contexts. I am able to experiment with different ideas
Rationale for including a specific focus on reading in the curriculum:
- Ensure that all of our students are reading regularly
- Reading develops writing skills
- Reading develop vocabulary
- Reading develops a students ability to retain information and comprehend text
- Reading a wide variety of challenging texts develops students cultural capital
- Guided reading develops students stamina in reading
- Guided reading enables students to read challenging texts at pace for the next stage of education
- Guided reading enables students to make sense of what they have read
What do our Students think of Guided Reading? TBC Link to Student Voice
In Years 7 and 8 Students have one lesson a week on Independent Reading from Accelerated Reader and are given opportunities to read to their English Teacher to identify decoding and comprehension concerns. Students are set 1 hours of reading at home and complete their Reading Log Books. Students have the opportunity to select a range of up to date books from our LRC which is within their Reading Range.
Support with Reading
In Years 7 and 8 readers who struggle to decode use a phonics package called Lexia with their class teacher. Alongside this, Students are extracted in small groups in to Learning Support and spend more time on developing their phonics and decoding using Lexia.
Support with Reading at home
We understand it can be a challenge for Students to find the right book and have a love for reading which is why we have provided a Reading List for all abilities to extend their search and to read beyond the classroom. Please click on the icons below to access the reading lists.