All teachers at the Academy teach Literacy and as such all lessons include key words and a specific Literacy lesson outcome.
In addition students’ work is regularly marked for Literacy in all subjects and the students are then given an opportunity to improve their work by acting upon the feedback given.
Students at the Academy take pride in their written presentation. Oracy is also a key feature of the Academy where many lessons employ discussion activities to encourage subject specific terminology.
Government studies show that as the amount a child reads increases, their reading attainment improves, which in turn encourages them to read more. The more a child reads, the better their written, spoken and listening skills will be. Poor literacy can hold people back throughout their adult lives. Literacy is vital for every aspect of a child’s life long after they have left school including their employment, health, parenting, confidence and happiness. Pupils who read regularly are more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career.
In addition to its substantial practical benefits, reading is one of life’s profound joys, at OIEA we actively encourage opportunities to experience the pleasure and enrichment which comes from reading. We aim to show that reading is fun, exciting and accessible to everyone.
Reading at home
Reading at home is important to ensure sustainable literacy habits for all our young people. One of the best ways you can help your child do well at school is by helping them to enjoy reading for pleasure – whether they like magazines, newspapers, novels or comics. Reading can be tailored specifically to your child’s interests and influences to make it relevant to their lives. This may not necessarily be through fiction in the first instance, here are some examples of ways you can encourage your child to read at home. It doesn’t matter if it is a newspaper, cookery book, comic book, detective mystery, short story, computer manual, sports magazine, hobby magazine, the list is endless!
• Encourage regular reading and encourage your child to carry a book at all times so they can read on journeys or in spare moments
• Make sure your home is a reading home – have a family bookshelf for shared reading and make sure there are shelves in your children’s bedrooms where they can keep their favourite books
• Give books or book tokens as presents and encourage others to do so too
• Encourage children to join in – ask a child to read out a recipe, or the TV listings if you are watching TV together
• Read together – Read books you can all talk about and discuss together. There are lots of books that both adults and young people can enjoy. Try the Chronicles of Narnia series, the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings series or the classics such as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, Orwell etc
• Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading
• Visit the local library together – The following books some of the most popular in our library – books by David Walliams, the Tom Gates series, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, books by Jacqueline Wilson, Boffin Boy by David Orme, Maze Runner by James Dashner.
• Go to libraries or bookshops when authors are visiting. Children and teenagers love meeting their favourite writers
• Libraries often run workshops/reading clubs – they are a great way to inspire and encourage reading for pleasure
• Encourage your child and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading
• Books made into films – encourage your child to read the book that inspired the films, examples include: Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Percy Jackson series, The Princess Diaries, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Golden Compass, Inkheart, The Maze Runner, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Book Thief, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Narnia series, Stardust, Scott Pilgrim, Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.
• Reading the news/books/audiobooks on a smart phone
• Utilise the accelerated reader learning platform available on the OIEA website
Focus on Reading at OIEA
Reading is highly valued at the Academy. We deliver a reading programme at Key Stage Three called ‘Accelerated Reader’ which boosts students’ reading ages through their guided reading activities. Follow the link below if you want to know more about Accelerated Reader!
All pupils read as a form time activity and there is a bespoke Literacy Form Focus activity each week which broadens student’s vocabulary through the ‘Wow word of the week’. Wow
Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Academies love of reading.
One of our main foci in the LRC is to encourage all students to develop a love of reading and choose from a selection of genres. We have over 11,000 books to choose from including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and manga. Over the last 12 months we have issued 3,965 fiction books, 1,432 non-fiction books to pupils.
On arrival at the Academy all Year 7 pupils receive a free book which we used to conduct a sponsored readathon to raise money for seriously ill children in hospital. We also hold Scholastic book fairs twice a year enabling students to purchase books at discounted prices.
The LRC is the base of our Year 11 Buddy reading programme. Our prefects and volunteers spend form time in the Learning Resource Centre with Year 7 students listening to them read increasing their confidence.
We have visiting authors throughout the year. Intensive Learning Week saw author Matt Dickenson visiting the Academy for the second time to talk to Key Stage 3 students about his assent of Everest and to give out signed copies of his books ‘The North Face’ and ‘The Everest Files’. Other visiting authors have included: Paula Rawson, Joh Mayhew, Tom Palmer, Dreadlock Alien, G.P. Taylor, Kjartan Poskitt, Matt Dickinson and Andy Briggs.
We regularly visit other libraries, last year we visited Bromley House Library, a stunning independent lending library situated in the centre of Nottingham, one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country. The library houses around 40,000 books.
We have a trip planned to visit the prestigious British Library their collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages, 3 million new items are added every year. To put it into perspective, if you were to view 5 items of the collection each day, it would take you over 80,000 years to view the entire of the collection.
We also shadow local and national events such as Derbyshire School’s Book Awards, The Carnegie Medal, National Poetry Day and World Book day to name but a few!
Students are invited to join reading groups for these events which are very well attended and show how a love of reading can lead to a successful career.
At Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy we believe that encouraging students to read for pleasure, experiencing many and varied genres and improving their literacy in lessons will lead to better outcomes during exams and enhance their future prospects. Please encourage your child’s love of reading. We want them to succeed!