Literacy Marking Codes
We have a clear marking code - for physical or online marking - that encourages not only consistency across the school but positivity; just as it is important we highlight key literacy features that need development, we also ensure we acknowledge when students make good and excellent points.
Some subjects also have one extra code that focuses on a specific area that is essential for success.
Key Stage Book Clubs
Teachers from across the school - not just English! - run weekly book clubs for KS3 and Year 10 and Year 12 to encourage reading for pleasure. Meeting once a week at lunchtime, students discuss a book that the teachers have chosen and is appropriate for the year group. Students are encouraged to read a certain number of chapters between sessions so the focus is on sharing their ideas and formulate arguments. There is also a group set up on Google Classroom where students are encouraged to share their ideas in more depth.
At the moment, the books being read are:
Year 7 - ‘I Am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai
Year 8 - Classic Fairytales
Year 10 - ‘1984’ by George Orwell
Year 12 - ‘The Plot Against America’ by Philip Roth
Scholastic Book Fair
Throughout the year, each year in Key Stage 3 have the chance to buy books at fantastic prices at the Scholastic Book Fair. Years 7, 8 and 9 will have individual slots throughout the year where they can browse and buy, with a percentage of the money of every book being sold given back to the schools so we can buy more books. In the buildup to each event, competitions are held to get students excited about it, and it is always very successful!
This is the normal schedule for when the Book Fair will come, and for what year group:
Year 7 - Autumn Term
Year 8 - Spring Term
Year 9 - Summer Term
Form Time Reading
Once a week during form time, students read with their Form Tutor. Each Key Stage has a different focus:
Key Stage 3: read a novel. Each year group has a range of novels - modern, classic and graphic - that are considered powerful, challenging, multicultural and make students consider a wide range of issues.
Key Stage 4: an extract (different each week) which they read and answer questions based around deepening their knowledge, understanding and assist with analysis. This is to help them access a greater range of texts they wouldn’t normally read, and prepare them for their English Language exams.
Key Stage 5: an article that focuses on a current issue in the news which they discuss and share their views. This is to engage them with issues and debates happening around the world now and make them fully prepared for when they leave us.
When the majority of students are at home, they receive a weekly article to read during form time which they then discuss with their peers and their Form Tutor.
All of this is for one key aim: make them the best they can be.
KS3 Library Lesson
Within KS3 English, students have one library lesson a fortnight. Here, they explore particular elements in regards to reading; this ranges from exploring genre and themes in novels, to learning new vocabulary and creating character profiles and book reviews.
Buddy Reading Scheme
Currently run by Miss Davis, the Buddy Reading Scheme involves ‘pairing’ younger readers at KS3 with older, more experienced students in KS5 during Form Time once a week. It is something well established and has been very successful, with less confident readers becoming more relaxed when reading with their KS5 partner.