In year 7 and 8, students take part in hushed reading daily from 8.45-9.00am. On a Tuesday morning, the reading continues until 9.10am. Form tutors also read during the Tuesday reading time to model fantastic reading behaviours for our students.
Form time reading by our tutors
On a Tuesday morning, during tutor time across years 9-11, our tutors read carefully selected short stories to our students. This helps to model our teachers as readers, encouraging our students to experience reading as fun and positive experience. It also helps to build strong vocabulary, build connections between spoken and written words, strengthens cognition and provides a safe space to explore strong emotions linked to the stories being read. The book choices also have strong links to SMSC and our fundamental British values, providing avenues for our students to explore these themes with a trusted adult.
Every month, across KS3, our students take part in ‘drop everything and listen.’ This takes the form of a rolling read for the first ten minutes of every lesson from periods one to five. Our fantastic librarian carefully selects a fiction book that is split into extracts for teachers to read throughout the day. Once again this provides students with a positive and pleasurable reading experience.
Y6 students from all primary feeder schools receive a free book to read in their first term at Swanwick Hall, together with an activity pack to support their Literacy. Mrs Gonsai has carefully selected a choice of six books that students can select. Students will then be offered the chance to take part in a book swap and book review competition.
Staff book reviews
Every month, one of our staff members will complete a teacher book review in the form of an audio PowerPoint which is played to students during tutor time. The review focusses on a recent read where the staff member talks about what they liked, disliked, key moments they took from the book, as well as a Swanwick Hall rating out of five. This strategy promotes reading across the school but also helps to recommend book choices to our students.
Literacy Teaching and Learning Group
We have a teaching and learning group focussed on driving forward literacy across the school. The group is composed of a range of staff from across the school, including teachers and support staff. The group works together to research current literature around our current literacy priorities, trial and develop new strategies in lessons, as well as drip feeding pedagogy and teaching strategies to their faculty teams. The group meets once per half-term and are the hub of literacy practice within the school.