Literacy at North Huddersfield Trust School
Literacy across the curriculum
Literacy is essential to all learning throughout the school, in all years and across all subject areas. At North Huddersfield Trust School, we know that good literacy skills help our students to communicate effectively and that being confident in their literacy skills allows students to achieve their potential across the curriculum. As literacy is integral to our students’ success, we aim to ensure all learners at our school emerge as confident and articulate communicators.
Literacy is everywhere at NHTS, through a coordinated programme of enrichment activities, signage and engagement with parents.
Reading for pleasure
It is also very important that students develop a love of reading and immerse themselves in everything that reading has to offer. There is significant research to suggest that reading for pleasure can raise literacy standards and help support student progress. As a school, we take every opportunity to promote reading for pleasure. For more information on how to support your child’s reading at home, please contact our Literacy Coordinator, Ms McNulty. Below is a list of exciting books that can be used to engage any reluctant reader!
|The Recruit||Robert Muchamore|
|Gold of the Gods||Bear Grylls|
|The Maze Runner||James Dashner|
|The Hunger Games||Suzanne Collins|
|The Enemy||Charlie Higson|
|Paper Towns||John Green|
|Girl Online||Zoe Suggs|
|The Raven Boys||Maggie Stiefvater|
|Geek Girl||Holly Smale|
|Alex Rider: Stormbreaker||Anthony Horowitz|
|If I Stay||Gayle Forman|
|Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||J.K Rowling|
|13 Minutes||Sarah Pinborough|
|Moth Girls||Anne Cassidy|
|The Northern Lights||Phillip Pullman|
|The Everest Files||Matt Dickinson|
All students in Years 7, 8 & 9 participate in Accelerated Reader and have dedicated lessons.
Accelerated Reader helps students to become more able readers by encouraging reading for pleasure and ensuring that all students are reading texts that are of an appropriate level for their age and skill set. Students are encouraged to choose and read books within their reading level before taking an online quiz to determine how much they understood.
The Accelerated Reader scheme states that for the best results, students should be reading for 25-30 minutes every day.
Reading Friends is a paired reading project which involves volunteers giving up a minimum of one hour of their time per week to read with students in school. This is a fantastic opportunity that allows students to engage in reading and share their reading experiences on a 1 to 1 basis. This is a fabulous programme enjoyed by both the students and volunteers. The aim is for students who take part in the scheme to develop an increased reading age and a new found love of reading.
If you would like to volunteer to become a Reading Friend volunteer then please contact Miss Smith.
A DBS certificate is required but this will be done by the school and won’t cost you anything.
To ensure all our students have the skills they need to be effective communicators, we have a regular whole school focus. The foci cover a range of grammar topics and are used to help develop our students’ ability to write clearly and cohesively.
Teaching and Learning
All staff actively promote literacy in a quality first teaching experience in the classroom.
Through effective feedback we improve students’ skills further. All subjects offer students feedback on their literacy; how to improve their spelling, grammar, punctuation and extended writing skills. Activities during lessons regularly offer students opportunities to become better communicators.
A programme of dedicated literacy intervention is in place to target specific cohorts of students in order to ensure that they become functionally literate.
The intervention programme runs in Year 7 only and is co-ordinated by our Higher Level Teaching Assistants who use Doddle to improve grammar, spelling and punctuation and also do extra Accelerated Reader sessions with these students. There is also an intervention reading group for our more able readers in Year 7 and these students meet to discuss a challenging novel with Ms McNulty once a fortnight. They have also been involved extra-curricular trips such as Ilkley Literature Festival.
If you have any further questions or would like any advice on supporting your child with literacy at home, please contact Ms McNulty by email: firstname.lastname@example.org