A reading program that reaches all students

Drop Everything and Read – DEAR

At Wey Valley Academy, we have designed a bespoke literacy provision for our students which aims to build excellent communicators. We believe that reading forms the basis of excellent communication.

The DfE report ‘Reading Matters’ published in 2015 suggests that ‘’One in five children still leave primary school unable to read at a standard that will ensure they are well placed to succeed at secondary school.’’

Therefore, we have allocated 30 minutes a day to demonstrate the significance that reading has for students at all levels.

The programme is designed to advance readers at all levels, reading classic texts across the literary canon to broaden our student’s culture capital

We use a range of reading strategies to support students with their reading to develop their range of vocabulary and engage them with the ideas underlying the classic texts.

In Years 7 and 8 their reading of the classic text is supported through a detailed homework programme. The website ‘CommonLit’ to provide students with high quality literary resources which provide contextual information linked directly to the classic text they are reading. This provides students with the opportunity to engage with a range of material supports and deepens their understanding of not only what they are reading, but of the world they live in.

Commonlit website link

Literacy Homework for Years 7 and 8  – CommonLit guidance

The school has high expectations for students, leading to outstanding progress and achievement for all of its pupils. The literacy homework in Years 7 and 8 is designed to provide students with a broad cultural capital – a greater awareness of the world in which they live and some of the ‘big’ ideas which have defined their society.

The texts are challenging, as are the topics with which we are asking them to engage. However engaging with these ideas is a key part in their development as rounded, aware citizens of a varied culture and world.  The aim of the literacy homework is to develop the vocabulary of every student in the Academy – a varied and broad vocabulary allows them to express their ideas and their thoughts clearly; to develop their awareness of ‘big’ ideas, and to engage with these to develop an understanding of themselves and the world that they live in.

Some students may find these texts and ideas challenging. Communication with tutors is key to support students in engaging positively with the activities and developing their vocabulary as well as their cultural capital.

If your son or daughter is struggling with the homework set during DEAR time, please contact their tutor at the Academy to discuss ways to access the texts.

Different ways of engaging with the homework task might be:

As previously stated, communication between student/parent/tutor is key to the success of this homework. Please contact the Academy if you have any questions regarding Literacy homework and your son’s/daughter’s tutor will contact you in order to discuss any queries that you have.

Parent Comments
In year 7 we believe it is important to consolidate the basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy; therefore, we are in a lovely routine and it is manageable. My daughter is challenged and is now able to engage with this independently. We are very pleased with her start to year 7 and making sure she has an appropriate amount of homework has helped with her successful transition to secondary school.

Student work example