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?

Further Suggestions

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