Literacy Development in Penglais School
As a school we aim to develop and embed literacy across the curriculum to raise the standards of reading, writing and oracy for every learner within our school. We aim to support learners in their acquisition of literacy skills through a broad and balanced whole-school approach. At Penglais, literacy development is a collective responsibility and shared goal; all staff should ensure skills are consistently addressed to allow students to fulfil their potential as confident and articulate communicators.
Language is the main medium we use for teaching, learning and developing thinking so it is at the heart of our daily school life. Not only is literacy essential for progress in the school environment, but also lays the foundations for lifelong learning; underpinning personal, inter-personal and team-working skills.
Literacy support at home
What can we do?
Skimming a text to get the general idea
Use an article on current affairs or a newspaper item. (What is this text about?)
Scanning a text to search for specific details
Choose topics of interest and ask closed questions to gather information. (What? Who? When?)
Reading together. Use extended texts which may be more challenging. Concentrate on understanding the main theme of the text. Think about understanding the big picture and not stressing about some difficult words.
Use an article on current affairs. Guide the reading through the whole text, pausing at interesting points.
Read the text and predict the ending. Consider different viewpoints of the character and discuss how the story could develop.
Talk about the reader and make reasonable guesses about the text or the characters. (What do you think happens next? Why do you think this? What do you think the character will say about?)
Read aloud: challenging texts such as newspaper articles or resources which may have been covered in lesson.
Encourage variety in tone of voice; this may help understanding. Pay attention to punctuation; pausing for effect.
Review work completed in school. Look through exercise books and discuss work done in lessons.
Has the work been enjoyable or challenging? It is important to discuss opinions and not just content.
Recall information. Read, reread and repeat the passages you find appealing.
Describe an interesting event in a novel or film, recall the main information in a story from a newspaper article. Could any of the vocabulary be used in work for certain subjects?
Read varied texts and then compare them and give them your opinion.
Discuss different parts of the text. What have you learnt? What ideas are presented? Why are the texts persuasive or appealing?
Reading Suggestions for Year 7
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J K Rowling
The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
Dairy of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
Looking Glass Girl – Cathy Cassidy
The Accidental Time traveller – Janis Mackay
The BFG – Roald Dahl
Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
Billionaire Boy – David Walliams
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief – Rick Riordan
Silverfin – Charlie Higson
The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams
The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier
The Carpet People – Terry Practchett
The Secret Dairy of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - Sue Townsend
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
Itch – Simon Mayo
Blitzcat – Robert Westall
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear – Kieran Larwood
Lola Rose – Jacqueline Wilson
Foul Play – Tom Palmer
Perijee and Me – Ross Montgomery
Death Cloud. Young Sherlock Holmes – Andrew Lane
How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
Nevermore: The Trails of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend
The Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell
Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior – Chris Bradford
Reading Suggestions for Year 8
Once – Morris Gleitzman
The Recruit – Robert Muchamore
Eragon – Christopher Paolin
Stormbreaker – Anthony Horrowitz
The Hobbit – J R Tolkien
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
Small Steps – Louis Sachar
The Dairy of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
Saffy’s Angel – Hilary Mckay
Kick – Mitch Johnson
The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper
Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cirque de Freak – Darrne Shan
Skinny Melon and Me – Jean Ure
The History Keepers: The Storm Begins – Damian Dibben
The Girl of Ink and Stars – Karen Millwood Hargrave
My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overload – David Solomons
Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen – Dylan Sheldon
Skuluduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
Girl on a Plane – Miriam Moss
Alex Rider: Never Say Die – Anthony Horowitz
Feeling Sorry for Celia – Jaclyn Moriarty
The Explorer – Kathryn Rundell
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
The Enemy – Charlie Higson
The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd
Reading Suggestions for Year 9
Paper Towns – John Green
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Divergent – Veronica Roth
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Nought and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
Junk – Melvin Burgess
Monster – Michael Grant
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Satellite – Nike Lake
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
Beaty – Robin Mckinley
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
The Opposite of Chocolate – Julie Bertagna
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Gone – Michael Grant
Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
The Bubble Wrap Boy – Phil Earl
Confessions of Georgia Nicholson(series) Louise Rennison
What not to do if you turn Invisible – Ross Welford
Noble Conflict – Malorie Blackman
Teacher’s Dead – Benjamin Zephaniah
Split Second – Sophie McKenzie
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials 1) – Phillip Pullman
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ranson Riggs
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time – Mark Haddon
The Fault in our Stars – John Green
The Maz Runner – James Dashner
Orangeboy – Patrice Lawrence