Literacy

Literacy Development in Ysgol Penglais School (download our policy by clicking here).

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?

 

Recommended reading lists per year

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Year 7 Recommended Reading List

The Goldfish Boy- Lisa Thompson

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone- JK Rowling

The Island at the End of Everything- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase- Joan Aiken

Billionaire Boy- David Walliams

Artemis Fowl- Eoin Colfer

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief- Rock Riordan

The Dark is Rising- Susan Cooper

Wolf- Gillian Cross

The Boy in the Dress- David Walliams

The Wizards of Once- Cressida Cowell

The Seeing Stone- Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Carpet People- Terry Pratchett

War Horse- Michael  Morpurgo

Northern Lights- Philip Pullman

 

Current Affairs Website

The Week Junior   www.theweekjunior.co.uk
BBC News  www.bbc.co.uk/news
National Geographic Kids  www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Read Fiction Books Online

Google Books  https://books.google.co.uk/books
readanybook https://readanybook.com

Amazon Kindle Books

CGP Books Practise & Learn Maths and History are currently FREE for Kindle users.

Plus Amazon are offering a huge range of free books to download including: Alice in Wonderland, Beast Quest, Etty Steele Vampire Hunter.

Please take a look if you have a Kindle.

Year 8 Recommended Reading List

Welcome to Nowhere- Elizabeth Laird

Eragon- Christopher Paolin

Stormbreaker- Anthony Horowitz

The Outsiders- S.E Hinton

The Hobbit- JR Tolkien

The Coral Island- RM Ballantyne

Journey to the River Sea- Eva Ibbotson

Millions- Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime-Mark Haddon

Mortal Engines- Philip Reeve

The London Eye Mystery- Siobhan Dowd

Goggle Eyes- Anne Fine

Small Steps- Louis Sachar

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams

The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Treasure Island- RL Stevenson

The Girl of Ink and Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Skulduggery Pleasant- Derek Landy

Current Affairs Website

The Week Junior   www.theweekjunior.co.uk
BBC News  www.bbc.co.uk/news
National Geographic Kids  www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Read Fiction Books Online

Google Books  https://books.google.co.uk/books
readanybook https://readanybook.com

Amazon Kindle Books

CGP Books Practise & Learn Maths and History are currently FREE for Kindle users.

Plus Amazon are offering a huge range of free books to download including: Alice in Wonderland, Beast Quest, Etty Steele Vampire Hunter.

Please take a look if you have a Kindle.

Year 9 Recommended Reading List

Divergent- Veronica Roth

Hatchet- Gary Paulsen

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

The Twilight Saga- Stephanie Meyer

Monster- Michael Grant

Catch 22- Joseph Heller

What not to do if you turn Invisible- Ross Welford

The Fault in our Stars- John Green

The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas

Dracula- Bram Stoker

The Maze Runner- James Dashner

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

Beauty- Robin Mckinley

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams

The Bubble Wrap Boy- Phil Earl

Split Second- Sophie McKenzie

The Book of Dust Volume One- Philip Pullman

You Are Awesome- Matthew Syed

 

Current Affairs Website

The Week Junior   www.theweekjunior.co.uk
The Week www.theweek.co.uk
BBC News  www.bbc.co.uk/news
National Geographic Kids  www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Read Fiction Books Online

Google Books  https://books.google.co.uk/books
readanybook https://readanybook.com

Amazon Kindle Books

CGP Books Practise & Learn Maths and History are currently FREE for Kindle users.

Plus Amazon are offering a huge range of free books to download including: Alice in Wonderland, Beast Quest, Etty Steele Vampire Hunter.

Please take a look if you have a Kindle.

Year 10 Recommended Reading List

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

We Are All Made of Molecules- Susin Nielsen

13 Minutes: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough

Every Day by David Levithan

Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte

Atonement- Ian McEwan

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep- Philip K Dick

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy- John le Carre

The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)- JRR Tolkien

Midnight’s Children- Salman Rushdie

Paper Butterflies- Lisa Heathfield

How to Make Friends with the Dark- Kathleen Glasgow

Noble Conflict- Malorie Blackman

Book of Dust Volumes 1 and 2- Philip Pullman

1984- George Orwell

Day of the Jackal- Frederick Forsyth

 

Current Affairs Website

The Week www.theweek.co.uk
BBC News  www.bbc.co.uk/news

Read Fiction Books Online

Google Books  https://books.google.co.uk/books
readanybook https://readanybook.com

Amazon Kindle Books

CGP Books Practise & Learn Maths and History are currently FREE for Kindle users.

Plus Amazon are offering a huge range of free books to download including: Alice in Wonderland, Beast Quest, Etty Steele Vampire Hunter.

Please take a look if you have a Kindle.

Year 11 Recommended Reading List

The Time Machine- H.G Wells

Looking For Alaska- John Green

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

Game of Thrones- George R.R Martin

The Perfect Storm- Sebastian Junger

We Were Liars- E. Lockhart

The Three Musketeers- Alexandre Dumas

The Hound of the Baskervilles- Arthur Conan Doyle

Shadowhunters- Cassandra Clare

War of the Worlds- HG Wells

Carrie- Stephen King

Midnight’s Children- Salman Rushdie

A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson

Knife Edge- Malorie Blackman

Book of Dust Volumes 1 and 2- Philip Pullman

Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes

All the Bright Places- Jennifer Niven

 

Current Affairs Website

The Week www.theweek.co.uk
BBC News  www.bbc.co.uk/news

Read Fiction Books Online

Google Books  https://books.google.co.uk/books
readanybook https://readanybook.com

Amazon Kindle Books

CGP Books Practise & Learn Maths and History are currently FREE for Kindle users.

Plus Amazon are offering a huge range of free books to download including: Alice in Wonderland, Beast Quest, Etty Steele Vampire Hunter.

Please take a look if you have a Kindle.