Department Leader: Frances Dempster

We believe literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen well. A literate person is able to communicate effectively with others and to understand written information.

At KBA we support students’ literacy in many ways. We have catch-up programmes for students who need extra support and teachers also embed the teaching of literacy into lessons.

Research has shown that engaging children in reading for enjoyment is one of the most effective ways of helping children reach their potential, and that is exactly what we do at KBA. Students at Key Stage 2 and 3 are all ‘Accelerated Readers’ and for 20 minutes each day, ‘Drop Everything and Read Time’ is part of the school day.

 Reading in form time, House literacy competitions as well as celebrating a wide variety of National  Literary events, has created an ethos at KBA in which the value of literacy is recognised in everything we do.

Teachers at KBA support children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening both during lessons and in extra- curricular activities.

Literacy Lessons

In year 7 and 8, students who need extra support with their reading have two lessons a week of Literacy as well as their 5 lessons of English. The students do the Ruth Miskin ‘Fresh Start’ programme to bridge the gaps in their phonics knowledge and develop their skill of being able to decode texts in order to read with fluency. 

Success Maker

Small groups of students in years 7, 8 and 9 whose reading age data shows that they are under-performing also have 2 lessons per week in 6 week blocks.  They work on a programme called ‘Success – Maker’. This programme tracks their progress and sets them targets, so students and the teacher can measure progress each lesson.

Accelerated Reader

All students at Key Stage 3 read for 20 minutes each day. They read books on the Accelerated Reader programme and must quiz on books after they have finished them. Students read books at their level and reach a points target each term which is based on their reading level.

Mc Graw Hill Directed Reading and Writing

We also use the McGraw Hill Directed Reading and Writing Programmes to develop students’ ability to write in sentences and paragraphs. Students focus on key skills in a highly structured programme that develops their mastery of these skills over the year. This programme is used in year 8 with students who have been selected for support.

Literacy at Key Stage 4 is supported through small group intervention classes. Students who need guidance with their English skills receive extra tuition in morning intervention sessions. These classes focus on the reading and writing skills needed for GCSE English Language.

Clips to help teach clauses and sentence structure:

Website to teach punctuation and spelling

Book finder website and book children’s fiction recommendations

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