“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”
– Dr. Seuss
At Richard Rose Morton Academy the English department uses enrichment opportunities to extend students’ English skills and develop imagination.
At Key Stage 4 we run successful intervention sessions during the school day and after school for those students who need further support in their GCSEs.
We are also planning to enter the BBC ‘School Report’ project, which will enable a student led group to research and to report the news from within school and the local community. ‘School Report’ newspaper offers students the ability to enhance their writing and investigative skills through different roles such as:
- Sub Editor
- Feature Writers
- Sports Writers
The School Library
The English department works closely with the school library to promote a love of reading. We encourage students to use the library for pleasure as well as for educational purposes. Students can use the library on a break, lunch time and after school to read, complete homework, chat quietly with friends or borrow from an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction titles.
The school library delivers literacy support to students with additional literacy needs and runs a successful reading intervention programme. The frequency of literacy intervention is dependent on the need of the student and can happen on a 1:1, paired or small group basis depending on the need of the child. Intervention can take two main forms, withdrawal from lesson to work with the literacy team in the library or in the classroom.
We use a range of programmes including: ‘Toe by Toe’ a highly structured, multi-sensory, phonics based scheme of work and IDL, a dyslexia based programme which is highly effective for general literacy difficulties.
The library also runs a number of whole school initiatives to promote reading for pleasure. We’ve adopted former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen’s 20 point plan for reading and used it inform our own reading for pleasure policy. This includes:
- Encouraging students to write and share reviews, on books that they have read.
- Forging links with the local library and booksellers.
- The formation of a reading group that meets every Thursday for a biscuit and a chat about books that we have read.
- Paired reading, with some of our more able Year 11 students, aiding and encouraging the more reluctant readers from Year 7.
- A ‘Drop Everything and Read’ strategy that encourages the whole school to read together.
- Regular author visits and trips.