At Wykham Park Academy, we have a multifaceted approach to supporting our students’ literacy development.
- Tier 2 word lists that are explicitly taught for all schemes of learning to grow students’ vocabularies
- Weekly mentor reading booklets in Years 7-10 with termly curriculum links
- Planned for rigorous academic texts across the curriculum
- A resourced library and a librarian that encourages reading for pleasure and engages actively with lessons
- Whole-school literacy marking stickers supported by departmental assessment policies
- Lexia PowerUp used across our entire Year 7 cohort to address previous gaps in word study, grammar and comprehension knowledge
- Thinking Reading to support struggling readers who require one-to-one intervention
Our school places a high value on reading and believe we have the responsibility to ensure every child leaves a critical, active and wide reader. We encourage our community to read often and independently, and our librarian, Mrs Michell, has put together reading lists as a starting point. All of the texts suggested on the list are available for loan from our library.
We welcome author talks and have a weekly reading hour as part of the ATL curriculum for Years 7 and 8, whereby students participate in before/ during/ after activities. Extra-curricular clubs also form an important part of our approach, enabling students to share their interests with like-minded peers.
Many parents and carers are eager to empower young people at home through reading, and we endeavour to assist in a number of practical ways, including the advice outlined by PixL concerning the benefits of reading and ways to encourage reading.
Reading support for parents
Should you have any other questions or want to find out more, please contact Shileen Green, Vice Principal on: sgreen@wykhampark-aspirations.