Learning Development

Literacy
Overview for Year 7:

In Year 7 there will be a small group of students who will complete literacy lessons. These will be students who scored below the threshold required for them to sit KS2 SATs or students who score particularly poorly on the NGRT test which is used as a screening tool for reading ability at the start of Year 7.Literacy lessons will be held twice a week and will replace a lesson that is identified on their timetable. Students’ will not be removed from a subject are more than once to minimise disruption and to ensure they can maintain progress.
Literacy lessons in Year 7 are designed to help students to “catch up” with reading if they are more than 2 years behind their reading age, and also to promote comprehension, inference, and spelling skills as part of a small group of between 4 and 6 students. Phonics underpin the course as good phonological skills are essential for accurate reading and spelling.

We follow the RML “Freshstart” programme in Year 7

Units of Work Covered in Year 7:
The following RML books will be covered

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

The Thing from the

Wolf Cub

Keeping a Cat

Black Planet

Hay into Gold

 

Big Malc

 

 


What parents can do to help:

  • Check the student planner and encourage your child to complete homework tasks on time.
  • Test your child on any spellings they have to learn.
  • Encourage reading for pleasure and talk about the book or magazine that your child is reading.
  • Help your child to be organised so they always have the necessary equipment for school.
  • Promote a supportive and positive attitude towards any interventions that the Learning Development Faculty make available to your child.


Overview for Year 8:

Students who completed literacy lessons during Year 7 will be assessed at the end of the year to ensure that appropriate interventions can follow. If students have still not made enough progress and continue to struggle then they will continue with literacy lessons. These will replace French and German lessons for the next two years.

In year 8 the aim is to promote key skills such as fluent and automatic reading. Phonics are still taught for consolidation and to underpin the literacy work.  As this is a small group setting students will have more opportunities to participate and contribute to discussions and develop their skills of independence. There is still a key focus on spelling, comprehension, and inference.

In Year 8 students continue to complete some of the RML books but alongside other reading material that will be chosen by the literacy teacher depending on the nature of the group.

Units of Work Covered in Year 8:
The following RML books will be covered

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Bill Bright’s Fishing Trip

Baboons on the Loose

Lorna

The Yellow Light

Bart the Champ

A Bad Hair Day

Additional material

Cliff Edge

Hostage

‘PIG’ books

The Perfect Hamburger

Snow Dogs

Flash Flood

 

 

Crash in the Jungle

 

 


What parents can do to help:

  • Check the student planner and encourage your child to complete homework tasks on time.
  • Test your child on any spellings they have to learn.
  • Encourage reading for pleasure and talk about the book or magazine that your child is reading.
  • Help your child to be organised so they always have the necessary equipment for school.
  • Promote a supportive and positive attitude towards any interventions that the Learning Development Faculty make available to your child.

 

Overview for Year 9:

In year 9 the aim is to promote key skills such as fluent and automatic reading. Phonics are still taught for consolidation and to underpin the literacy work.  As this is a small group setting students will have more opportunities to participate and contribute to discussions and develop their skills of independence. There is still a key focus on spelling, comprehension, and inference.

In Year 9 students continue to complete some of the RML books but alongside other reading material that will be chosen by the literacy teacher depending on the nature of the group.

The skills covered in year 9 are more complex skills which will help prepare them for GCSE. E.g. research and presentation skills, compare and contrast, writing in more complex sentences. 


Units of Work Covered in Year 9:
The following RML books will be covered

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

A Good Win for the red shirts

Late

Beep

A player to be proud of

The Weaving Contest

Spellbound

Cook and enjoy

Celia Smith’s  goldfish pie

The Outlaws

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

Additional Material

 

 

Aftershock

Titanic

The Elephant Man

Doing the Double

Witness

 


What parents can do to help:

  • Check the student planner and encourage your child to complete homework tasks on time.
  • Test your child on any spellings they have to learn.
  • Encourage reading for pleasure and talk about the book or magazine that your child is reading.
  • Help your child to be organised so they always have the necessary equipment for school.
  • Promote a supportive and positive attitude towards any interventions that the Learning Development Faculty make available to your child.