Booklet for Parents
Literacy Matters - Advice for Parents. A booklet suggesting ways to support your child and help them succeed.
There are an excelelnt collection of exercise to help support and practise elements of grammar on the Bristol University website.
Students in Years 7 to 9 will be taking part in the Accelerated Reader program. Devised by Rennaisance Learning this quiz based reading scheme is designed to ensure students read books matched exactly to their ability level and therefore make maximum progress in developing their reading skills. For more information, see the Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader
In order to make maximum progress students should be encouraged to read and quiz regularly. Quizzes should be taken as soon as possoible after completing the book; students can use library IPads at breaktime, lunchtime or after school to do this or follow the link from our home page. Alternatively, the free App can be downloaded to an IPhone or IPad -
the school code is available from the librarian on request: email email@example.com
The AR level of books can be checked on http://www.arbookfind.co.uk.
Sixth Form Study Guides
Sixth form students need to develop the reading, writing and research skills necessary for success in preparation for Higher Education. Birmingham City University website has an excellent section on study skills, much of which is relevant to our students in their Post-16 studies.
As part of our
Preparation for Learning program students in Yr7 and 8 work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold reading awards.
In addition, we have regular author visits to engage students and inspire them to read. For more information see our 'Extra Curricular' page.
18 students are taking part in the Premier League Reading Stars programme, devised by the National Literacy Trust to improve literacy. The scheme uses students' love of football to engage them in activities and reading.
National Storytelling Week:
To celebrate National Storytelling Week the library held a variety of lunchtime sessions. Thoroughout the week students enjoyed a range of stories read by staff, including extracts from The Curious incident of the Dog in the Nightime, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, a selection of Jamaican Folk Tales and The Great Gatsby. On other days, students played a variety of new Storytelling games which were very popular and have become a regular lunch-time request.
The popularity of these lunchtime story sessions has lead to our monthly Bookbites event.
As part of tutor time activities students have been playing Articulate and competing for the titles of Form, Year and School Literacy Champions. Winners last term (Spring 2016) were Amna Khan and Georgie Pearce, 7Th1. Year champions receive literacy awards and overall winners have their names engraved on a big silver school literacy trophy along with a small replica to keep.
Extended Project Qualification:
Year 13 students can work towards a project qualification that is worth half an A Level. The project tests the students in their ability to research a question, organise information in a clear, concise order and produce a detailed project that stands up to scrutiny. The culmination of this process is a written project and a presentation evening where the students have to demonstrate their ability to communicate their findings and respond to questioning (see Extra Curricular EPQ page).