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Reading Support

At Sandbach High School we are committed to promoting whole school literacy across all year groups in order to support their learning and raise standards. 

Literacy underpins the school curriculum by developing students’ ability to: speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and communicate, to think, explore and organise. We know helping students to express themselves clearly orally and in writing enhances and enriches teaching and learning in all subjects. 

We are committed to developing literacy skills in all our students, in the belief that it will support their learning and raise standards in all subject areas. Language is the prime medium through which students learn and express themselves across the curriculum, and all teachers have a stake in effective literacy. 

We support students with their reading by: 

  • Ensuring students have opportunities to read in English lessons as part of our mastery curriculum
  • Using our tutors as role models to express enthusiasm and passion for reading 
  • Using data from reading assessments at key transition points to identify students who need additional reading support – this could be buddy reading for example.

You can support your child with reading by: 

  • Encouraging your child to read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. 
  • Encouraging your child to make predictions about the book they are reading. 
  • Take them to local libraries or bookshops and encourage them to select books they are interested in. 
  • Ensure your child’s book is appropriate for their ability - too challenging will put them off and too easy may not be rewarding. 
  • Read yourself. It is helpful if children see their parents reading.
  • Audio books could be used to help create interest in an author and improve creativity and imagination.
  • Use appropriate vocabulary to express views on the text e.g. plot, setting, mood and character. 
  • Identify language devices a writer uses e.g. adjectives, similes and metaphors. 
  • Research the context of the novel e.g. World War Two, the Victorian era or a particular culture or country. 

Free Reading Resources

The Day - a free daily topical newsletter for parents. It provides a brief guide to one of the day’s most stimulating debates, with a summary of the news story and the different sides that people are taking. They select links to the best of the highest quality journalism available in the world so that, if you’re interested in current affairs, you will always have something to enrich your day. Especially useful to help students prepare for GCSE English Language. 

Planet ebook - this site provides free pdf copies of classic texts. With 82 titles available including H.G Wells, Dickens and Tolstoy plus many more. 

Audible audiobooks - This website provides a number of freely accessible audiobooks. It is suitable for many ages but the linked section is for teens. 

Virtual School Library  -  in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. 

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