Here are examples of some of the strategies we use with students:

Spelling strategies

  • Break it into sounds (d-i-a-r-y)
  • Break it into syllables (re-mem-ber)
  • Use a mnemonic (necessary – one collar, two sleeves)
  • Say it as it sounds (Wed-nes-day)
  • Words within words (parliament – I AM parliament)
  • Use a key word: process as a key word for excess, recess, etc.
  • Visual memory (look-cover-write-check)

Introducing new key words

Introduction to the word:

  • Introduce the word & write it on the board.
  • Say the word.
  • Ask pupils to say the word out loud.
  • Ask pupils to read the word as it is used.
  • Ask pupils to use the word in a description or explanation. Write it on card and put it on display for the rest of the scheme of work.

ERIC (Everyone Reading in Class)

The whole school reads at some point in the week during registration time. Some of our sixth formers are reading mentors to younger students and they support them with their reading. Sometimes a teacher takes a small group and reads a novel to them during this time while others listen to students reading their novel out loud. It’s great to see the whole school community engrossed in their books!

Extra Literacy Lessons

Year 7, 8 and 9 have an additional one hour a fortnight literacy lesson. Within each lesson they partake in a range of activities including silent reading, spellings, brain gym and a differentiated core literacy skill.

Accelerated Reader

We have identified our weaker readers  and they have access to a reading programme called Accelerated Reader,  which has an excellent track record of rapidly improving reading levels.