We would like to provide information and news for students and their parents, guardians and carers, as well as introducing some of our new initiatives and ideas.
Word of the Week
This can be found on our internal digital signage screens. All staff and students are expected to know this and use it in lessons whenever possible.Words are chosen by staff and students for the following year. A fortnightly competition for form groups encourages staff and students to engage with new vocabulary.
Quote of the Week
Each week a quotation connected to reading for pleasure or a quotation from a novel is displayed across the school. In form time staff and students discuss the quotation and debate its significance.
Every year we hold a Spelling Bee. Round one includes all students in KS3 with the top six students in each class going on to round two. The last 25 ‘fight it out’ in the final.
All students at KS3 are expected to have a reading book with them at all times as part of their school equipment.Year 7 and 8 students regularly read during their English lessons and form times.
Marking for Literacy
All staff use the marking for literacy symbols when marking work to help students improve their spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, expression, paragraphing, use of capital letters and presentation.
Each year we run a range of creative writing competitions. We strive to give our students as many opportunities to be creative as possible.
Every year we celebrate reading as a whole school community during our Book Week. This is usually the first week of March to coincide with World Book Day. There are competitions, author visits and literacy activities during the week including a Karaoke competition on Friday lunchtime to close the celebrations.
The Big Read
More information about The Big Read can be found in the LRC Section. Starting in 2019 this involves choosing one book which all students, staff, parents and governors are encouraged to read the book and discuss. This year we hope to develop this further with cross curricular activities, competitions and lunchtime activities to encourage further discussion of the themes explored in the book.
Each year students have the opportunity to shadow the St Albans School's Book Award, The Children's Book Award and The Carnegie Medal. This includes attending a discussion day with other local schools, creating artwork which is presented to the authors and taking part in competitions as well as, of course, reading some of the best new children's fiction available.
Fifteen students in Years 7 and 8 are chosen each year to be in the Enhanced Learning groups, where they are given extra help with their literacy and numeracy.
Our Accelerated Reader scheme is very well established and we have had some amazing results! To date, our most impressive student increased their Reading Age by four years and six months. We aim to challenge all our readers to improve their understanding and reading ability.
Morning Reading Group
This was very popular with all our students last year. Selected pupils were chosen to read in the LRC every morning to help them to improve their understanding and reading ability. Members of staff and Sixth Form students volunteer their time to help students to enhance their learning and identify any problems that might otherwise have been overlooked.
Students at the school run and write their own newspaper every week.
We are very excited to be the proud owners of a giant scrabble board. This is used in LRC lessons and at lunchtime and there are house competitions throughout the year.
The LRC shows this throughout the day to make sure that our students are aware, at all times, of what is going on in the outside world.
Puffin ‘Virtually Live’
Enhanced students have been lucky enough to take part in three of these so far with Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen/Lucy Dahl. The Marlborough Science Academy contributed to the live feed by emailing questions to the authors. Two lucky students had their questions chosen and answered by the authors.
Easy ways to help your son/ daughter eliminate careless mistakes in their writing
- Affect or Effect
- Common Spelling Errors - 'does'
- Common Spelling Errors - 'friend and library'
- Common Spelling Errors - 'necessary'
- Common Spelling Errors - 'separate'
- Lie in believe
- O U lucky duck!
- PIEce of PIE
- Spelling Strategies
I hope you find this information .
If you have any concerns or questions regarding communication please do not hesitate to contact us.
Ms E Jones