Literacy is a very important part of teaching and learning at Whitley Academy and students and staff in all subjects work on improving reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. To succeed, students need to develop accurate use of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They need to develop and use a varied vocabulary. To support students, Whitley has a ‘Whitley Word of The Week’ to help improve vocabulary and a weekly literacy focus to help reinforce key skills.
Students in Year Seven and Eight have a weekly lesson in the LRC in which they read books as part of our Accelerated Reader reading scheme. They take quizzes on the computer to check their comprehension of what they have read. In Year 9, English run a Reading Challenge in which students can earn bronze, silver, and gold certificates based on their reading. Students are set reading at home for homework and you can support your child by talking to them about what they are reading and encourage regular independent reading. As well as books, newspapers and the internet can provide good sources of reading material for your child.
Speaking and listening is also an important part of literacy and, linked with the Opening Mind competences, we help prepare students to become confident and articulate speakers. Students are involved in small group discussions and presentation to a whole class and need to develop accurate use of Standard English in their speech.
Students who have struggled with some aspects of literacy receive additional intervention in small groups to help them make rapid progress.
On this page, you will find a range of resources to support your child with literacy. The ‘Whitley Academy Little Book of Literacy’ is a resource which reminds students and adults of important spelling, punctuation and grammar rules. You will also find suggested reading lists and other useful information.