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Copleston High School

Why Literacy Matters

“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens”

President Clinton, International Literacy day, September 8th 1994

At Copleston High School we are working hard to promote our students’ literacy and ensure they all achieve to the very best of their ability. Literacy matters in every subject in which your child reads, writes and expresses ideas verbally.

Did you know?

  • More than a quarter of 8 to 16 year olds have read more than 1 book in the last month.
  • Nearly 1 in 7 students aged 8 to 16 rarely or never read outside of class.
  • Only 1 in 4 say that their parents care if they spend time reading.
  • Less than half of children and young people enjoy writing.
  • The average reading age of 14-16 year olds is 10 years 7 months, but the average reading age of a GCSE exam paper is 15 years 7 months.

We all owe it to our children to give them the very best literacy skills, in order to improve their chances in life and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose. We will all be working hard to support your child’s literacy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time that you can devote to this at home.

All students in Years 7-9 have the opportunity to make use of the school library during an English lesson at least once a fortnight. During this lesson, students are encouraged to develop their reading, both fiction and non-fiction.

On these pages you will find a selection of information and resources that will help you to support your child.  The link here also takes you to a fantastic collection of E-books https://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb/account/Office365SSO 

What is the School’s Literacy Policy?

At Copleston we have an established Literacy Policy- please click on link below.

How is work marked for Literacy at Copleston?

A quick reference guide to the Copleston Marking Code used in English and in other subjects across the school.

Copleston Marking Code

How can we help students?

There are a number of ways in which we can all help and support students with their literacy.

Reading

Reading Aloud

Ten Top Tips - Help your child to Read

Accelerated Reader - A Guide for Parents

Writing

Ten Top Tips - Help your child to Spell

Interventions offered in school

These documents summarise the skills and abilities in reading, writing and speaking and listening that children at each English level should have, and suggest how you can help them to progress further.

Students at Level 3

Students at Level 4

Students at Level 5

Students at Level 6

Students at Level 7

Students at Level 8 (Exceptional performance)

LITERACY INTERVENTION

We also provide a curriculum to some students in years 7 and 8 who may require more in depth Literacy support. There are 2 classes in each year group- one X half and one Y half. There is a focus on students ‘graduating’ from literacy and returning to the full provision where appropriate and there are opportunities for students to join if there is professional and data based evidence.

There are also intervention forms for year 7 – 10. These students are selected from the professional recommendations of the English team and the data available. These forms begin at 8:20 and follow bespoke curriculums designed to further accelerate literacy levels for our weakest students and students who need support, but are not in the GOALs project. Year 7 and 8 work on Accelerated Reader and year 9 and 10 complete extra English based tasks fitting in with our curriculum intent.

GOALs Curriculum Intent:

This curriculum is designed to run alongside English lessons, but remain a separate programme. This provision is not just extra English lessons.

The curriculum is designed around the structured practice of key skills that are needed to succeed in English and all other subjects in KS3 and 4. There is a focus on reading for comprehension, beginning to analyse texts, planning and writing structured, coherent texts in different forms.

The curriculum is underpinned by Accelerated Reader (AR) as a means to measure accuracy of reading comprehension and close the gap for our literacy catch up students. This is also embedded alongside the foundation 50 spellings list of high frequency, commonly misspelt words. This list has been selected with input from SEN and EAL departments.

The intent is to close the literacy gap to the point where students can succeed in all of their subjects on a par with their peers.

 

numeracy intervention at copleston 

We believe all students deserve the best opportunities to help them through their journey at school and to help them access the curriculum more. Numeracy Intervention at Copleston is clear- we select students who enter Copleston with SAT scores below 95 with the aim of improving their GCSE results by year 11 and to help prepare them for later life.

Our current intervention support at Copleston is delivered during the form time registration. We believe supporting our students whilst they are fresh in the morning motivates them for the rest of the day.

Experienced teachers work with the same group from year 7 to year 10. This allows for consistency as well as pastoral support to form strong relations.

Every student has an individual workbook which they use once the teacher has delivered the learning. The resource workbook is based fundamentally on improving numeracy, focusing on consolidating numeracy skills including fractions, decimals, percentages, general number skills and properties of shapes.  It is hoped that this will also promote independent learning

but we also include elements of the scheme of work to boost further understanding and confidence. It is hoped that this will promote independent learning.

 

Students who have previously been in intervention tutor groups have commented on how the support, on a little and often basis each day, really helped them to progress.

 

We will place the numeracy intervention resources on Satchel (our home learning area platform) so students can effectively continue their Numeracy work at home.