Language for Learning (Literacy)
At CCC we seek to develop students’ literacy skills in ways that are engaging and enjoyable
One of the main ways that we have been supporting students to make progress with their reading is through Accelerated Reader (AR).
At its heart, AR is simple. Students read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback. Students get excited and motivated when they see their progress and teachers can easily monitor and manage students’ independent reading practice.
Teachers get reliable reports on reading comprehension, vocabulary, literacy skills, and more.
All Key Stage 3 students, including Year 7, benefit from a daily 30 minute reading session. With your support, they should also be encouraged to read their books at home.
Accelerated Reader proved immensely successful here at CCC. We started using the software with year 7 and 8 students at the end of March and we saw year 7 reading ages increase by 5 months while year 8 reading ages rose by 7 months.
Please do download our Literacy guidance booklet (below): this will advise you about how to assist your child with their reading skills at home.
We also seek to engage students to develop their creative writing and written accuracy.
This year we have taken the challenge of having every key stage 3 student becoming a published writer.
We have already seen many of our students’ writing being published in various anthologies and collections, including the Young Writer’s Competition collection entitled ‘A Twist in the Tale.’
A particular highlight was when one of our students won the local and regional heats of the RIBI Young Writer’s competition, where she even progressed to the national heats. The competition was set up by the Rotary club and was the first time that students from this area and Chessington participated.
Within classrooms, students have access to dictionaries and thesauruses to check and develop their spelling and vocabulary, VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers for sentences and punctuation) Pyramids to enhance their written work, and our connectives posters to ensure they have the vocabulary available to explain ideas in writing.
Please find the connective posters and VCOP pyramid templates by clicking on the link below – these are extremely useful for students when they are completing written homework.