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Literacy

Literacy Strategy 2017 - 2018

Leeds West Academy is committed to delivering a vibrant and engaging curriculum which produces the highest possible outcomes for each and every child.

Details of our literacy strategy can be found below:

View the Literacy Strategy 

 

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Students in Year 7 and 8 participate in the Accelerated Reading Programme, during their weekly English timetable. This programme ensures stduents are reading to develop reading skills, which happens most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. This is known as their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD), which pupils use to help them select suitable books.

Students read a book, take an online quiz, and get immediate feedback. This allows them to respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Because students receive regular feedback from Accelerated Reader, teachers and librarians are given many opportunities to praise students for their successes and to discuss with them what they have been reading. Many reward systems are in place such as most words read and most quizzes passed, allowing all pupils to celebrate their achievement in reading.

We are a Reading Academy

At Leeds West Academy we think that reading, and in particular reading for pleasure, is one of the most important factors in allowing children to reach their full potential. A love of literature and a genuine desire to read opens doors to students that remain closed for reluctant readers, no matter how strong their ability. In order to support the drive to engage students with reading for enjoyment, the academy offers a range of activities and experiences linked to reading for pleasure.

Within English lessons, all students in Years 7 and 8 take part in weekly Reading Lessons as an addition to their traditional classes. All students engage with the Accelerated Reader programme, which is proven to drive significant improvement in reading, expanding vocabulary and underpinning the enjoyment of reading as well as strong academic success. Students’ comprehension is tested after the completion of each book, further reading is suggested that will both entertain and challenge.

For those students who need extra support in reading we use a range of bespoke programmes aimed at helping students to develop the phonics skills they need to become fluent readers and writers. This may provide one-to-one or small group tuition during the school week. 

All students have access to well-resourced Library, which is at the centre of reading in the academy. All students are expected to have a reading book, with some form periods dedicated to reading each week. The library has a series of activities scheduled to raise the profile of reading and promote reading for pleasure throughout the year. 

 

Photo: Poetry Slam workshops with Andy Craven-Griffiths.

 

All students have access to well-resourced Library, which is at the centre of reading in the academy. All students are encouraged to have a reading book.  The library has a series of activities scheduled to raise reading enjoyment throughout the year.  The librarian, Ms Walker, also works closely with area teams to provide book boxes and create subject themed weeks where appropriate.