Phonics and Reading

Phonics and reading

For all ACE students, we complete a Reading Age assessment 3 times per year in order to track students’ reading age progress and identify if this is a specific area of need.

For KS3 & 4 students we offer 1-2-1 Literacy Support, which includes use of Accelerated Reader. Students who are taught in a classroom setting read whole class texts and practise oral rehearsal and use the chunking method to sound out unfamiliar words. Trugs is also used to develop phonic knowledge and skills.

We learn the spellings of high frequency words in lessons and also key words for each topic / text.

We use precision teaching in some instances. The English department offer WRAT assessments to students who struggle in English in order to try to identify specific areas of need. We then administer interventions as appropriate.

At Primary for phonics we use letters and sounds but also look at schemes that children have used in their previous school and build on this. Identifying gaps in learning and setting targets to close the gaps. We also use precision teaching and all staff are trained by our educational psychologist.

For reading, KS1 use Oxford reading tree resources. KS 2 use Accelerated reader and topic based learning.

Targeted literacy resource shows that there is an average increase of 1.7 years in an academic year for every pupil reading age across each key stage at ACE 2014-15, 1.9 years in 2015 2016. Early results for 2017-18 show average 2 years increase over 9 months

Involved in the Plymouth Oracy Project to support developing skills in oral communication

Training for all staff (February 2018) on how to target literacy within their subject and ensure the curriculum

Disadvantaged difference is low and disadvantaged perform better than pupils nationally compared to their starting points 74% PPI, 76% non-PPI May 2018. This is an improving trend over the year the average for the year is 64%PPI and 73% non-PPI. National data 40% PPI and 73% non-PPI