Reading and Literacy
At The Regis School, we are working hard to promote our students’ literacy and ensure they all achieve to the very best of their ability. We believe all teachers are teachers of literacy. The key skills of reading, writing, and oral communication are what enables students to access all areas of the curriculum.
We support literacy in every lesson by sharing the key words with students and using the whole school literacy marking code to provide feedback on spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This means, the students quickly recognise the marking code and errors enabling them to make rapid and sustained progress.
We place high value on reading widely and often - students are encouraged to read books across a variety of genres. We have a library we are proud of with a range of interesting books for every learner and all abilities. In tutor time, students in Years 7-10 participate in our comprehensive reading programme. The reading programme is designed to expose students to high quality children’s literature and develop a love of reading. We have carefully selected a canon of novels that a tutor group will read as a group throughout the year. Tutor and students read books together, discussing important points in the story as well as gathering vocabulary and looking closely at the writer’s craft. The central aim of this programme is to model excellent oracy, develop student’s appreciation of literature and immerse students into worlds beyond their imagination. The novels may also encourage the students to discuss relevant world events and offer students the chance to discuss themes or topics in the novels.
Throughout the school day, during lessons and around the school, students are encouraged to use Standard English and speak in full sentences in conversations with both their peers in addition to adults. Our whole school Wow Words encourage all students to use new words to develop their vocabularies and to communicate their ideas effectively.
Weekly spelling tests encourage students to take care and notice of the accuracy of their writing. Students in Years 7-10 are given a weekly spelling test and the results of this are tracked and monitored. This data is sent home to parents at each reporting cycle. All spelling lists can be found in students’ knowledge organisers and we expect students to be learning and revisiting their spellings each week. Students should use the Look, Cover, Write, Check, model to learn their words each week and should aim to secure as many as possible. You can support your child by doing a quick quiz with them each night. Our spelling lists are designed to support every student, and so you may see some easier words and some very tricky ones too; always aim to get as many as possible. Try not to worry if you cannot get all of them right. Keep working and see the improvement over time.
The current Spelling Booklets for each year group can be found HERE.
Literacy at Home
The National Literacy Trust believes that parents are their children's first role models and have a strong influence on their reading habits and ongoing learning. At The Regis School, we believe that all teachers, parents and students have a role to play in supporting and developing students’ literacy skills. Our aim, therefore, is to ensure students can communicate effectively in today’s highly judgmental and competitive society.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Reading at home can include listening to your child read, reading with them or simply making sure they are given the opportunity to read independently. We would recommend that students read for 15-20 minutes per day. If students want to read for longer, this is perfectly acceptable.
- Encourage your child to read a range of materials such as newspaper articles, blogs and non-fiction text as well as fiction. Many students prefer non-fiction like biography or anthologies of shorter extracts, this is perfectly acceptable and should be encouraged.
- Graphic novels and comics can often engage even the most reluctant of readers.
- Test your child regularly on their spellings and encourage them to look up definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary.
- Encourage your child to check their written work for errors. Sometimes this can simply be a case of reading their work aloud to you or to themselves. This can often encourage students to see their own errors.
- Be as helpful as you can in helping your child write. Talk through their ideas with them; help them discover what they want to say. Sometimes writing out a short plan can really focus students and help them to structure their work more effectively.
For further information about literacy at The Regis School please contact Mrs Koutsoukou, Assistant Principal at Violetta.Koutsoukou@theregisschool.co.uk
USEFUL LINKS AND WEBSITES
National Literacy Trust https://literacytrust.org.uk/
The British Library https://www.bl.uk/
Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-to-enjoy-reading/top-10-tips-to-help-children-enjoy-reading.html
The School Reading List https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/
Waterstones - Book Lists https://www.waterstones.com/book-lists
100 fiction books all children should read before leaving secondary school https://www.tes.com/news/100-fiction-books-all-children-should-read-leaving-secondary-school-according-teachers
World Book Day https://www.worldbookday.com/