At Brooklands, we believe literacy skills are a foundation for all learning, and our aim is for pupils of all abilities to become effective communicators and lovers of the spoken and written word. We do this by equipping learners with a high standard of language and literacy skills, as well as encouraging and fostering a lifelong love of reading. These skills are maintained and supported across the curriculum; at Brooklands we believe pupils should be learning and applying high quality literacy skills in every subject, not just the English classroom. We aim to meet, and where possible exceed, the expectations laid out in the National Curriculum, with pupils progressing appropriately throughout their time at middle school.
At Brooklands, reading is seen as a priority to succeed in education. Through a clear focus on using high quality texts across the curriculum, our pupils are challenged and learn to appreciate the benefits of reading for both information and pleasure. All pupils are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a day at home in order to achieve this aim and the use of Accelerated Reader ensures that pupils choose appropriately challenging books from the wide selection in our school library.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Read widely, fluently and with good understanding.
- Read often for pleasure and enjoyment, both in and out of school.
- Are effective spoken communicators who are able to discuss, present and share information. â—ï¿½ Acquire a wide vocabulary.
Oral activities and class discussions establish a strong command of the spoken word, and a rigorous focus on handwriting, spelling, grammar, punctuation and language skills lead to a secure understanding of the conventions and an increased confidence and fluency in pupils’ written work. As a result, pupils are able to write clearly, accurately and coherently with an ability to adapt their writing for different purposes.
Pupils are formally assessed half-termly in reading and writing. Assessments are based on a mix of teacher assessment and timed tests.
Pupils are grouped according to ability from Year 6 and sets are reviewed periodically and adjustments are made as and when appropriate.
In KS2, pupils are set weekly spellings to learn and are expected to read regularly at home. In addition to this, one other weekly English homework will be set by the class teacher which alternates between a reading comprehension and grammar task. In KS3, pupils are set weekly homework which alternates between a reading comprehension and grammar task.
Brooklands Virtual Library
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