Literacy at The Ashcombe
Literacy is key to learning across all subjects at secondary school and can unlock a wealth of knowledge and entertainment.
At the Ashcombe school, we use a range of strategies to support any student whose reading age is lower than their chronological age. These include:
- Regular reading age testing
- Reading lessons in our school library
- Small group intervention sessions
- Tutor time intervention with literacy booklets developing students reading and discussion skills across years 7-11
We welcome parental support with our ongoing endeavours to increase literacy support within the school. This may include:
- Reading regularly with your child. Listening to them read, but also reading aloud to them
- Allow your child to have freedom and flexibility in their reading choice – a comic they have chosen will have greater impact than a novel chosen by someone else!
- Encourage your child to read around a topic they find interesting; this might include newspaper articles about a topic they’re covering in subjects at school, or a book by their favourite sportsperson
- Read what your child is reading – this can help encourage their motivation, comprehension but also their ability to talk about their reading too
- Encourage book chat within the home – this might be talking about their favourite characters; who their favourite author is; what the book they are reading is about; maybe even why the book is exciting or boring!