Developing Literacy and Reading
Across the country, our children’s reading ability is steadily improving but with fundamental reading gaps still visible, we are seeing a deficit in academic success that is in our grasp to close at every possible moment through a student’s journey in education.
Recent statistics have shown that 73% of pupils leaving primary school are capable readers, which appears as a reasonably high result, but put simply, one in four children will enter into secondary school without the basic reading skills to engage with our curriculum and the more demanding pressures of life beyond school. In many cases, the gaps are created before a child sets foot in a school – in a recent poll conducted by the D of E, 31% of children are read to at home daily; the reading gap is widening before we are able to brace ourselves against this ever increasing gulf – so what can we do about it?
Wayland Academy has subscribed to the Accelerated Reader Programme which has already become a fundamental part of our curriculum for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. We believe that reading is one of the most important skills a student can learn; not only will it raise literacy standards amongst all students but will also hopefully promote a lifelong love of reading.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computerised reading programme that meets the needs of individual students. Students complete an initial reading test and are given their personalised reading level, their Zone of Proximal Development. This enables students to find a book which is appropriate for their reading level.
How it works:
Accelerated Reader works in five easy steps:
- Students select a book from the library within their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)
- 30 minutes of reading is completed every day during lesson time on a rolling timetable
- Once students have finished their books, they take a comprehension quiz
- A report is generated after students complete a quiz; this provides teachers and parents with immediate feedback
- Every student will be assessed each half term to monitor their progress
Students who wish to complete quizzes at home can access the Accelerated Reader website here or download the app on the App Store
The Wayland Canon
50 books that ‘make’ a Wayland Pupil will be launched in 2020 and represents a range of diverse authors and experiences. Multiple copies of all books will be in the library and displayed around the school. The canon is will be used for house competitions and accolades distributed for progressing through the canon. We believe that pupils should have access to diverse texts, representing a wide range of voices, backgrounds and experiences. Wayland will promote diversity in reading materials and reading lists, and the library collection reflects a broad range of writers and text type.
Our goal is for all pupils to leave Wayland Academy with a deep love of reading, with the confidence and ability to read diverse texts fluently and critically. To achieve this aim, we embed close reading instruction across the curriculum, and promote reading for pleasure for all children.
If you have any questions about Wayland Academy’s reading strategy for the future, please contact Mr Patterson.