At Great Sankey we want every student to leave school as an articulate and resilient member of society. Reading plays a crucial role in supporting students’ learning and development and their understanding of the subjects they are studying. We, therefore, dedicate significant time and resources, to expand their vocabulary and improve their reading skills. Staff use the most effective and up to date techniques to remove barriers to learning, promote the benefits and pleasure of reading and help students maximise their reading and literacy skills.
Reading across the curriculum
We recognise that by attending to the literacy demands of their subjects, teachers increase their students’ chance of success in their subjects. Through Years 7 to 11, students are systematically exposed to academic vocabulary and reading academic texts and time is spent on developing sophisticated and mature language skills. Our Knowledge Organiser quizzes and PDR vocabulary tests ensure students regularly revisit vocabulary, building up their knowledge and use of essential academic terms and more refined and complex words.
Accelerated Reader, DEAR and Thinking Reading
Year 7 and 8 students participate in our Accelerated Reader scheme to enable students to read books which are appropriate to their own individual abilities and needs. Every class has regular library lessons and to promote the benefits and pleasure of reading our Year 7 and 8 students ‘Drop Everything And Read’ (DEAR) for an hour each week to promote the pleasure of reading. For those students who initially find reading more of a challenge we use the Thinking Reading programme to further delve into specific difficulties facing individuals and provide additional one-to-one support.
In 2020 we launched our annual Literary Festival. This provides students with opportunities to share a love of reading and cultural experiences through visiting authors and theatre groups and the chance to work with and interview authors from abroad.