It is said that everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. It is however well known that students’ reading habits are changing. We are not necessarily reading less; we are just reading differently. For example, people are exchanging the traditional books for electronic books. As teachers, we have observed that many students lack the ability to carry out sustained reading which is so important with the increased demands of GCSEs.
This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on student’s own writing. The more words they gained exposure to, and these words will inevitably make their way into their everyday vocabulary.
Good Readers will deploy a number of strategies:
- Read with fluency and be able to employ word mapping (recognise words at a glance)
- Read with expression
- Activate prior knowledge of the world
- Draw on their knowledge of how language works.
Staff at Ashton regularly receive training on how to teach reading.
We also recognise that some students may struggle with reading, so we have a robust system in place which can identify students who are struggling and provide appropriate interventions.
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