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One of the biggest factors in determining whether a student is successful in school and beyond is their reading ability. 

In order to ensure that every student in our school is improving their reading and developing a lifelong love of literature we have developed a comprehensive programme of staff training, expectations, activities and intervention for students to ensure that they grow and develop in this regard.

The WORDS logo was designed by one of our Year 9 students, and this week every year group has had an assembly to raise the profile of the work we have been doing across the school.

A summary of events carried out last term is listed below:

  1. WORDS strategy launched
  2. Whole staff training on differentiating reading resources to meet the needs of struggling readers
  3. Form time reading activities every week, at KS3
  4. Paired reading with sixth form students for 15 minutes per week for reluctant KS3 readers
  5. All lessons have a greater focus on reading.  Teachers are using the reading age test scores to help them differentiate appropriately.
  6. Read for Pleasure – home learning tasks in English Y7&8
  7. Year 7 & 8 library lessons focused on information handling
  8. Year 8 Parents Information evening – ‘Developing a love of reading with your child’
  9. Free books to all Year 7 students upon arrival
  10. Whole school engagement with National Poetry Day
  11. Summer Reading Challenge – Year 7 students
  12. Creative Writing Club
  13. NGRT Reading Tests - twice yearly to measure impact
  14. Reading age now reported home and on all marksheets
  15. Book Buzz – library scheme
  16. Work with a local leader to develop a strategy to support struggling Year 11 readers: Development of a Reading Rescue, 2 week programme where trainee teachers work on a longer term basis with 10 reluctant readers.

This term look out for:

  • Displays/branding to raise the profiles of WORDS
  • Quality assurance to drive further staff training and focus
  • Evaluation of the new reading age scores gathered
  • World Book Day
  •  Implementation of the Reading Recovery Scheme
  •  Readathon Y7/8
  • Assembly and tutorial programme focused on WORDS
  • Debating Club

If your child is in Year 7 of 8 please encourage them to spend as long reading as possible in order to raise money to buy books for hospitals as part of the Readathon sponsored read.

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

See our recent Ofsted feedback here >>