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Finch Woods Academy

Reading

Reading at Finch Woods Academy

 

Overview:

At Finch Woods Academy, we recognise that reading is a key skill that pupils need to successfully navigate their way through life. Whatever pupils’ starting points, as a school we ensure that pupils are given the support and guidance needed to develop their skills in this key area.

Timetable:

Reading is an integral part of every aspect of the curriculum and, over time, pupils should expect to address reading skills in every subject area. However, in addition to this, each day pupils have form reading time where they can read for enjoyment. Pupils can borrow books from the school library that are matched to their interest level and reading age to ensure that they are both engaging and pitched correctly. Should pupils prefer to read online, they have access to tablets and a library app with thousands of books to choose from. These texts can be adapted to dyslexia friendly fonts and spacing, large print, varied page colour, and can also be used at home.

Accelerated Reader:

All pupils at Finch Woods Academy are baselined using Accelerated Reader. This enables pupils to know their ZPD (Zone of Proximate Development) when choosing texts. This knowledge gives them an understanding on how challenging they will find the text that they have chosen. After reading the text, pupils can test on it to check their understanding and earn reward points.

Additional Reading Support:

For pupils who wish to develop their reading and comprehension skills further, bespoke skill lessons are available. These run from year 7 – 11 and can address required skills at all levels from basic phonic awareness through to GCSE skills. Many of these lessons can be accessed online using the Lexia programme, and pupils are able to also access the learning at home if needed.

Rewards:

At Finch Woods Academy, we believe that pupils who work hard should be rewarded. We therefore run regular reward trips and prizes for reading. These run in addition to other rewards in the school. Recent rewards that have taken place include:

  • A trip to Frankie and Bennie’s for 100 pages of reading
  • A trip to the cinema or go karting for pupils who have successfully passed their first AR reading book assessment
  • Voucher / prize catalogue rewards for accrued points in reading

Staff:

At Finch Woods Academy, all staff are teachers of reading and pupils work daily with their form teacher and teaching assistant. Additional support and intervention is led by the English teachers, with Mr Harvey working primarily with Key Stage 3 pupils and Mrs Rhead working with Key Stage 4 pupils. At any point in their education, however, pupils can speak about reading with any of the school staff, and they will be able to support.

Reading at Finch Woods Academy

Overview:

At Finch Woods Academy, we recognise that reading is a key skill that pupils need to successfully navigate their way through life. Whatever pupils’ starting points, as a school we ensure that pupils are given the support and guidance needed to develop their skills in this key area.

Timetable:

Reading is an integral part of every aspect of the curriculum and, over time, pupils should expect to address reading skills in every subject area. However, in addition to this, each day pupils have form reading time where they can read for enjoyment. Pupils can borrow books from the school library that are matched to their interest level and reading age to ensure that they are both engaging and pitched correctly. Should pupils prefer to read online, they have access to tablets and a library app with thousands of books to choose from. These texts can be adapted to dyslexia friendly fonts and spacing, large print, varied page colour, and can also be used at home.

Accelerated Reader:

All pupils at Finch Woods Academy are baselined using Accelerated Reader. This enables pupils to know their ZPD (Zone of Proximate Development) when choosing texts. This knowledge gives them an understanding on how challenging they will find the text that they have chosen. After reading the text, pupils can test on it to check their understanding and earn reward points.

Additional Reading Support:

For pupils who wish to develop their reading and comprehension skills further, bespoke skill lessons are available. These run from year 7 – 11 and can address required skills at all levels from basic phonic awareness through to GCSE skills. Many of these lessons can be accessed online using the Lexia programme, and pupils are able to also access the learning at home if needed.

Rewards:

At Finch Woods Academy, we believe that pupils who work hard should be rewarded. We therefore run regular reward trips and prizes for reading. These run in addition to other rewards in the school. Recent rewards that have taken place include:

  • A trip to Frankie and Bennie’s for 100 pages of reading
  • A trip to the cinema or go karting for pupils who have successfully passed their first AR reading book assessment
  • Voucher / prize catalogue rewards for accrued points in reading

Staff:

At Finch Woods Academy, all staff are teachers of reading and pupils work daily with their form teacher and teaching assistant. Additional support and intervention is led by the English teachers, with Mr Harvey working primarily with Key Stage 3 pupils and Mrs Rhead working with Key Stage 4 pupils. At any point in their education, however, pupils can speak about reading with any of the school staff, and they will be able to support.