Literacy

Literacy @ Brockington College

Information

Brockington College is committed to helping all children become confident communicators, through the use of both verbal and written literacy. The importance of high quality literacy is promoted via all subjects as well as through whole school initiatives. Pupils have many opportunities throughout each day to practice and extend their skills through a wide range of fun and engaging activities. Additionally, pupils can become champions of literacy to help to promote the importance of literacy to other students; Years 7, 8 and 9 can apply to become Literacy Ambassadors, and Year 10 have the opportunity to apply to become Literacy Mentors, receiving a formal training programme prior to their mentoring starts. You can find the application for this here. Brockington offers a variety of approaches and interventions to ensure that all students make progress with regards to their literacy skills:

  • A whole school approach to reading, ‘Everyone Reading in Class’ time for the whole school to read. This happens each month;
  • Book boxes are available in every tutor room;
  • A well stocked library, with designated opportunities for all children to loan books and the opportunity to request particular books;
  • Term time and holiday reading challenges;
  • Small group reading or Lexia for those who need extra encouragement;
  • Opportunities for the students to promote literacy across the college to their peers
  • ‘Readathon’, a sponsored read in Year 7;
  • An annual spelling bee;
  • The necessity to produce extended pieces of writing in different subjects;
  • Placemats or posters in every subject that give guidance on how to punctuate and spell correctly;
  • Encouragement to use dictionaries, thesauruses and spellcheckers in all subject areas;
  • A variety of clubs focused at improving literacy skills such as poetry club, film club, creative writing club and a KS3 book club;
  • Opportunities to present to different audiences including whole class, staff panels and whole school;
  • Form time devoted each week to enhancing literacy skills, via a variety of activities.
  • Word of the week with incentives for students to use or define the word within their learning time;
  • Author and poet visits;
  • Varied electronic literacy tasks via Moodle

Our literacy policy can be found here.
The ways in which each subject area promotes literacy can be found here.



Latest News…

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Events

  • National Literacy Day – 8/9/17
  • Poetry Workship with visiting poet – 18/9/17
  • Spelling Bee – 18/1/18
  • National Story Telling Week – 29/1/18
  • World Book Day – 1/3/18
  • National Literacy Week – 3/4/18

Everyone Reading In Class (ERIC)

The whole school (pupils and staff) will read during form time on the following dates. Don’t forget your book! More info here

4th September | 9th October | 6th November | 11th December | 29th January | 21st May | 25th June


Library Information


Everyone is welcome at break and lunchtimes to read, take out books, complete homework, use the kindles or computers or to play games such as Scrabble and Boggle. Pupils can also volunteer to become librarians and help to run the library.
Opening Hours
Monday: 8:30 – 16:00 | Tuesday: 8:30 – 15:00 | Wednesday: 8:30 – 16:00 | Thursday: 8:30 – 16:00 | Friday: 8:30 – 15:00


Library Picks


Photos

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Frequently Used Words

Please click here for a list of frequently used words for the various subjects taught at Brockington College.

Helping your child to read

    • Spot words inside words – Help them to spot words they know within larger more complicated words.
    • Don’t make them try too hard – It doesn’t matter if you have to tell them the word sometimes.
    • Let them read their favourites – Don’t worry if they want to read the same books again, or stick to one kind of book.
    • Make the story come to life – Encourage your child to read aloud with expression so the story comes to life. This will help them read more fluently.
    • Discuss books – Ask your child to tell you about the books they are reading: the types of book, the characters, the plot. Encourage them to have an opinion – Was it a good book? Why?
    • Use a dictionary or spellchecker – This will help with the meanings of new words.
    • Enjoyment – Try to make reading an enjoyable experience, not a pressurised one, try not to correct too quickly
    • Please click here for more tips on how to help encourage your child to read.
    • Encourage your child to take a book to bed, as an alternative to an iPad.

 


A selection of useful websites and resources to help your child learn