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Literacy

What is Literacy?

Literacy encompasses all the skills students need in order to be able to read, write, speak and listen in multiple situations and contexts. Summerhill students learn most of their Literacy within English lessons but Literacy skills are used in every subject, in every lesson and beyond the school environment as well.

Literacy is about having the confidence and skills to read, write, speak and listen in all aspects of life - at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond.
 

Summerhill Literacy Objectives

  • To provide all KS3 students with a platform to improve their literacy skills in readiness for terminal examinations at the end of KS4.
  • To create opportunities for students to read a variety of texts and to rapidly improve their reading and writing abilities.
  • To develop all students’ Literacy skills in order for them to take them beyond the classroom and into everyday situations.


Whole School Literacy Focus

  • Literacy is not just about English – it involves all subjects, all staff and all students. With this in mind, all staff are now using a whole school fortnightly literacy focus to inform planning and marking, and Y7 Literacy lessons are based around the chosen whole school literacy focus for that fortnightly period. This will ensure all staff and students across the school are working towards the same goal in terms of literacy, regardless of their subject area. 
     

Y7 Literacy and Accelerated Reader

Literacy lessons at Year 7 are planned centrally and work around the school’s current fortnightly Literacy focus.

Y7 students:

  • Receive one lesson per fortnight with a focus on key literacy skills such as: punctuation, grammar, sentence structures and building vocabulary.
  • The other lesson per fortnight will be a dedicated AR lesson for the entire 50 minutes, providing students with the chance to read texts regularly.
  • Students are provided with one devoted Literacy House time session a week, with students given the time to read both fiction and non-fiction texts within this time. There are also opportunities for students to work with others within the vertical tutor system.
  • AR data is used to target specific students that need extra time to work on their reading and writing skills. Intervention sessions are led every day within the Learning Centre environment.


Y8 Literacy and Accelerated Reader

Y8 students complete Accelerated Reader during their normal lesson time. Y8 students have five periods of English a week (250 minutes, or just over 4 hours), with 50 minutes of this time devoted entirely to Accelerated Reader.

During the fortnightly AR lesson, students will be given the opportunity to read their AR books for the full lesson and take personalized quizzes on their chosen texts.

Y8 Literacy lessons take place for those students that chose not to complete a second foreign language as an option.

Y8 students:

  • Receive one AR lesson per fortnight.
  • Students are provided with one devoted Literacy House time session a week, with students given the time to read both fiction and non-fiction texts within this time. There are also opportunities for students to work with others within the vertical tutor system.
  • AR data is used to target specific students that need extra time to work on their reading and writing skills. Intervention sessions are led every day within the Learning Centre environment.


​​​​​​​Y9 Literacy and AR

Y9 students complete AR during their normal lesson time. Y9 students have five periods of English a week (250 minutes, or just over 4 hours), with 50 minutes of this time devoted entirely to Accelerated Reader.

During the fortnightly AR lesson, students are given the opportunity to read their AR books for the full lesson and take personalized quizzes on their chosen texts.

Y9 students:

  • Receive one AR lesson per fortnight.
  • Students are provided with one devoted Literacy House time session a week, with students given the time to read both fiction and non-fiction texts within this time. There are also opportunities for students to work with others within the vertical tutor system.
  • AR data is used to target specific students that need extra time to work on their reading and writing skills. Intervention sessions are led every day within the Learning Centre environment.