At Ash Green, we are invested in developing the literacy and reading skills of every child at our school. We seek to identify any gaps in literacy at the earliest point and to provide suitable support to meet the child’s individual needs. We also aim to encourage all students to have the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of reading.
It is our vision at Ash Green School for every child to develop their love of reading, and for every child to be supported to read at a level in which they can access the curriculum successfully. We achieve this by regularly reviewing our literacy and reading strategy and developing robust action and professional development plans to support all children to develop their reading. We are committed to keeping up to date with current research into effective support for reading and supporting students who are behind with their reading. We use a number of approaches to make sure your child receives the best education.
Literacy and reading is headed up at Ash Green School by the Assistant Principal, Adrian Moore and our Lead Practitioner from maths Mrs Joanne Burke. They can be contacted to discuss anything regarding literacy and reading at the following email:
Adrian Moore – Assistant Principal
Joanne Burke – Maths Teacher
To support you and your child, I wanted to let you know about the ‘7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home‘ resource from thee EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) shared at the foot of the page.
This is designed specifically to be shared with families to support you in developing your child’s reading skills as regular reading routines can offer lots of opportunities for learning during school closures.
We also wanted to remind you of the great resources out there, such as Oxford Owls https://shorturl.at/ajoqI which provides excellent support and videos for parents to learn all about how to support your child with reading at the foundation stages.
Assistant SENDCO Ms Winterburn delivering our first session.
26th September – Phonics Workshop
29th November – Reading Workshops
We also want inform you of some other great resources, such as the Literacy Trust and their parent facing forum platform, words for life. for children up to and including 12 years. This site gives developmental milestones, tips, fun resources and advice to help parents support children’s literacy development.
This site gives developmental milestones, tips, fun resources and advice to help parents support children’s literacy development. For children 13 and over, have a look at https://wordsforlife.org.uk/zone-in . Here you will find the best tips to boost young adults reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Shared reading is a great way to develop children’s language and communication and to boost their reading skills. Regular reading routines can offer lots of opportunities for learning outside of school.
Every pupil at Ash Green also has access to Sparx reader. Sparx Reader is a reading, comprehension and vocabulary programme that gets all young people reading regularly to help improve their literacy. Students choose a book from the online catalogue, that is linked to their reading age and starting point; sparx reader then regularly checks their understanding of the story throughout the book. This is used as a targeted intervention tool for identified pupils, but also for homework within the English department.