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    Welcome to the PB Literacy page!


    Here, you will find information and resources relating to literacy.

    At Plantsbrook School, we work hard to help students improve and develop their literacy skills. We want all students to ‘be the best they can be’ by the time they leave us. Literacy is fundamental to success in every academic subject and as such we place a high emphasis on reading and writing skills across the school. Students are encouraged to read widely and often. Our ‘Accelerated Reader’ program and well-stocked library (LRC) support pupils in selecting appropriately challenging books to read. Throughout KS3, pupils receive dedicated literacy support during tutor-time and across all subjects literacy is a focus. A range of interventions are also in place to support KS4 students as they prepare for exams. We believe that all teachers, parents and students have a role to play in supporting and developing students’ literacy skills.  Our aim, therefore, is to ensure students can communicate effectively in today’s highly judgmental and competitive society.

    Ideas for Parents

    Supporting Reading:

    • Help your child to find books they will enjoy by joining a public library or by using our school library.

    • Ask your child to find something out for you by reading a newspaper article or webpage.

    • Get your child to skim read a recipe and tell you the basic steps.

    • Encourage your child to work out what an unfamiliar word means by getting them to read the rest of the sentence or paragraph and look for clues.

    • Ask your child to read you a report from a newspaper regarding their favourite football team or sportsperson.

    • If there are magazines that reflect an area of interest, then taking out a subscription is not a bad idea.

    • Graphic novels and comics can often engage even the most reluctant of readers.

    Supporting Writing:

    • Test your child when they have spellings to learn, and encourage them to look up definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary.

    • Ask your child to write the shopping list or To Do list for you.

    • Allow your child to write cards, invitations, emails and letters, so writing for different purposes becomes second nature.

    • Dictate a few lines from a story or newspaper article to your child, then check their spelling.

    • You’re both a model and a teacher, so ensure your child sees you writing at home. Let your child see you writing notes to friends, letters to business firms, perhaps stories to share with the children. From time to time, read aloud what you have written and ask your child their opinion of what you’ve said. If it’s not perfect, so much the better. Making changes in what you write confirms for the child that revision is a natural part of writing, which it is.

    • Be as helpful as you can in helping your child write. Talk through their ideas with them; help them discover what they want to say. When they ask for help with spelling, punctuation and grammar, supply that help or help them to find it for themselves. Your most effective role is not as a critic, but as a helper.

    • Provide a suitable place for children to write. A quiet corner is best for focused, uninterrupted work.

    • Ensure your child has the correct equipment; an A4 writing pad, a selection of pens and pencils and post-it notes or a rough book (for trying out spellings before asking for help).


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