Establishing Reading as a Lifelong Habit

Every student at Our Lady’s will have a wide opportunity to read on a regular basis including:

Form Time Reading Program

Twice each week students will undertake a guided reading session during form time; the selection of books covers a range of authors, styles and genres to encourage students to discover their own preferences to embed reading as a lifelong habit.

Year

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

7

Boy: Tales of Childhood

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh 

Millions

8

Goodnight Mr Tom

Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4

Holes

9

Hate

Heroes

Al Capone Made My Shirt

10

The Fault in our stars

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole

Woman in Black

Academic Reading Program

Each department will provide every student the opportunity to read subject related material through the “Reading Like A…” program to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the taught curriculum. This program will feature at least one piece of academic reading with some summary comprehension questions to determine how well that material had been understood.

Use of the Library

All students are regularly surveyed to determine “student choice” books in the library with the library re-organised into themes so students can quickly find a book they are interested in.

Literacy Strategy

Strategy

Detail & Intended Impact

Reading Age Testing

Accurately identify reading ages of students to enable timely interventions to take place.

Enables staff in all subjects to appropriately differentiate for their classes

After School Reading Support

Students that are just below are supported to improve utilising the Academic Study Support Team to complete the Rapid Plus intervention program

In School Reading Intervention

Students that are identified as requiring additional support will be given 1:3 reading support sessions delivered by ITT students twice per week

Word of the Week

Raise the profile of vocabulary use in school by introducing students to a new Tier 2 word each week, and actively reward students that correctly use the word of the week in their work.

Word of the Week in Classrooms, around school and on Website & updated each week

Academic Reading

Students to begin reading for purpose in all subjects by completing one piece of wider academic reading each half term in lesson with some comprehension questions in place to review understanding.

OLQP Template to be provided.

This to be then embedded into departmental curriculum plans going forward

Phonics Training

Key staff aware of effective strategies to support the development of student reading

Library Relaunch

Library re-organised to showcase the wide variety of fiction books available.

Students in Y7-10 to have opportunity to choose from a selection of age-appropriate books to give a “chosen by year x” section of the library & increase the number of students accessing the library.

Lunch time access to the library to be put back in place on designated days

Launching from September 2021

Strategy

Detail & Intended Impact

Group Reading Training

All staff are trained to include time for group reading in classrooms with modelling of good practice shared by the English department.

Tier 2 & 3 Word Refresher

All staff aware of the hierarchy of word usage and their part in developing student literacy and vocabulary

Staff and students able to use these words confidently in lesson and across school

Phonics for All

All staff are aware of how they can use Phonics strategies in their classrooms to reinforce the development of reading and spelling.

Early Reading Intervention

Students that have been identified as very weak readers will undertake an intensive phonics development course to rapidly allow them to make progress with their reading

Form Time Reading Program

All students are given the opportunity to read and hear other people read twice per week. Research shows that group reading with students following along improves everybody’s reading skills.

Form Tutors provided with a “road map” of where they need to be in each book across a 10-week program

Vocabulary Development (Bedrock Learning)

Students actively exposed to increased vocabulary in a range of settings and situations

Word of the Week Programme 2021-22

 

Week commencing:

Word of the Week:

1.       

6th   Sept  2021

Effervescent

2.       

13th Sept 2021

Fluctuate

3.       

20th Sept 2021

Arid

4.       

27th Sept 2021

Eclectic

5.       

4th Oct 2021

Inept

6.       

11th Oct 2021

Observe

7.       

18th  Oct 2021

Justify

8.       

1st Nov 2021

Appalling

9.       

8th Nov 2021

Predicament

10.   

15th Nov 2021

Fervent

11.   

22nd Nov 2021

Fatigue

12.   

29th Nov 2021

Spontaneous

13.   

6th Dec 2021

Pundit

14.   

13th Dec 2021

Pandemonium

15.   

3rd Jan 2022

Gregarious

16.   

10th Jan 2022

Ambivalent

17.   

17th Jan 2022

Jovial

18.   

24th Jan 2022

Penultimate

19.   

31st  Jan 2022

Surreptitious

20.   

7th Feb 2022

Astute

21.            

 21st  Feb 2022

Fickle

22.   

28th Feb 2022

Tenacious

23.   

7th March 2022

Innate

24.   

14th March 2022

Abhor

25.   

21st  March 2022

Impeccable

26.   

28th March 2022

Ubiquitous

27.   

18th  April 2022

Vociferous

28.   

25th April 2022

Novice

29.   

2nd May 2022

Obsequious

30.   

9th May 2022

Procrastinate

31.   

16th May 2022

Miscellaneous

32.   

23rd May 2022

Loquacious

33.   

6th June 2022

Ravenous

34.   

13th June 2022

Benevolent

35.   

20th  June 2022

Nonchalant

36.   

27th June 2022

Abundance

37.   

4th July 2020

Exuberant

38.  

11th July 2020

Amiable

39.  

18th July 2020

Pretentious

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