At Glenmoor and Winton, Subject leaders and teachers are responsible for reading in their subjects and their lessons. Students gain knowledge about their subjects through reading about them and reading content is part of all lessons. This includes teachers frequently reading aloud to their classes, supporting students to read aloud, facilitating independent reading, using strategies to support comprehension, supporting decoding and pronunciation, and vocabulary instruction. We ensure that staff are regularly trained to ensure that they deliver these strategies effectively.
Here at the academies, we set SparxReader homework in English for Years 7-10. We believe this is extremely beneficial for our students as it ensures that they are reading actively and independently each week. Additionally, the platform allows our students to access a wide range of genres which are appropriate for their current reading age.
Sparx is designed to match to the students’ reading age by making them complete a reading test before their books are assigned to them. This test is vital to enable our students to be accessing reading that will be beneficial in supporting their development in reading.
Students are required to score 200 points each week. They can do this by reading sections of the book and answering comprehension questions based on the section they have just read. The higher their accuracy, the more points they gain.
High Quality Intervention
At Glenmoor and Winton Academies, we have been working with Educational Intervention Specialists Lexonik for over 8 years and have helped over 650 students improve their reading age and their studies in general.
We use Lexonik to target students whose reading age is below their chronological age, particularly in KS3 but if needed it can be used in KS4 too. It is a six-week course, which is fun, fast and focused. Lexonik advance is based on phonological knowledge, syllable, polysyllabic knowledge and being able to determine the meaning of words through the understanding of prefix, stem(root) words and suffixes.
We also use Lexonik LEAP, which is a great course for students who are missing some or large portions of their phonological knowledge, this could be down to being a student with EAL status, having additional needs or with gaps in their knowledge base. LEAP is different because it targets the gaps in knowledge, and you only teach what the student doesn't know. After an initial diagnostic assessment, you know exactly what areas need to be focused on. It takes place once a week for 20 minutes in registration time, meaning students still experience majority of their tutor time. LEAP covers phonemes, graphemes, split diagraphs, high frequency words, 2 syllable word reading and the meaning of prefixes.