The National Literacy Trust believes that parents and carers are their children's first reading role models and have a strong influence on childhood reading habits and ongoing learning. At Beckfoot, we believe that all teachers, parents / carers and students have a role to play in supporting and developing students’ literacy skills. Our aim is to ensure students can communicate effectively, are prepared for examination success and their role in wider society.
As part of this, Beckfoot has developed a whole school literacy strategy, details of which can be found below:
- All students to have a reading book in their bags at all times.
- Drop everything and read time once a week in tutor time.
- Careful tracking of reading and spelling ages in Years 7-9 with ongoing support as needed.
- Use of Accelerated Reader in Years 7-8, with ongoing support as needed in Year 9, to secure reading development.
- Creating a culture of reading using ‘I am reading…’ signs and rewards across the school.
- ‘Word of the Week’ to expand students’ vocabulary.
- Sharing of the ‘100 Beckfoot Books’ to give students suggested reading ideas.
Some of our parents / carers have asked how they might support their child’s literacy at home and we have included some suggestions below:
- Ensure your child always has their reading book in their bag.
- Listen to your child read at home or simply making sure they read independently.
- Encourage your child to read a range of materials, including newspaper articles, blogs and non-fiction texts as well as fiction. Graphic novels and comics can often engage even the most reluctant of readers.
- Test your child when they have spellings to learn and encourage them to look up definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary.
- Encourage your child to check their written work for errors.
- Be as helpful as you can in helping your child write. Talk through their ideas with them; help them discover what they want to say.
The power of reading and the impact literacy has on student success can not be underestimated and we thank you for your support.
We have attached a copy of ‘Beckfoot 100 Books’, all of which are available in our LRC. This exciting initiative has been shared with students in assemblies and there are displays up and around school. This is a great starting point to support your child in selecting reading books which will spark their interest.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you enjoy our ‘Beckfoot 100 Books’ – please feel free to tweet us about any of your reading or that of your child using @BeckfootLibraryBeckfoot 100 Books Poster