At Royds we believe that Literacy is crucial to success both in school and in later life. It is our mission to ensure that every child leaves our care able to communicate fluently, with flair and sophistication. In all subjects, the four key elements of Literacy are developed: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Each term, we have a different focus on an element of literacy which we believe will enhance our students’ ability to learn. An example of this has been Language Development. In every class students were encouraged to speak in full sentences; often rephrasing an answer to develop it further or be more precise. Teachers also used word maps to extend the student’s vocabulary.
We offer many opportunities throughout the year to support and develop these key skills including:
Accelerated Reader and Star Reader for Years 7, 8 and 9
Star Reader for Years 10 and 11
The Reading Cloud
‘Stop, drop and read days.’
Termly reading challenges
Reading lists for specific year groups
How You Can Help at Home
Please encourage reading for pleasure at home. Students will have books that they are currently reading and can always borrow additional books.
Here are our top tips:
- Create a reading environment with an appropriately stocked bookshelf that reflects the interests of your child. Second hand books can be an inexpensive and eco-friendly way of filling those shelves (try http://www.abebooks.co.uk/UsedBooks.shtml).
- Reading spaces that are quiet, well-lit and comfortable will encourage reading.
- Encourage your child to read the book before (or after!) seeing the film adaptation. Most of the time readers prefer the detail and engagement only a book can offer.
- Combine your child’s love of digital devices by utilising an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Free or cheap books are often available to download.
- Subscribe to a magazine that your child shows an interest in.
- Ask your child what books they’re studying in English, and find additional titles by the same author for them to widen their understanding.
- Recommend books to your child that you have enjoyed or simply stock them on their bookshelf.
- Use recommended reading lists to help find new books for your child.
- Book series can be a great way of hooking the interest of your child over a number of texts.
- Offer a variety of reading materials from fiction and non-fiction books, to magazines and newspapers. Sunday newspaper supplements cover a multitude of topics to attract all interests.
Please contact Ms Bletsoe if you require any further information.