Parent News

Autumn Term 2019
Friday 8th November 2019

Parent News - Literacy Take Over!Parent News - Literacy Take Over!

At Clacton County High School we are committed to raising the standards of literacy for all of our students. This academic year staff are focused on improving confidence and ability in reading across the curriculum and we are striving to create a ‘love of reading’ culture. We recognise how important reading is, in relation to the progress and future successes of our students, both in and out of the school setting.

Did You Know?

• 1 in 7 (14.9% / 5.1 million) adults in England struggle to read
• 10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure, do better at school
• Reading books is the only out-of-school activity for 16-year-olds demonstrably linked to securing managerial or professional jobs

Children listen on a higher level than their reading level. It is not until they are about 14 years old that their reading level catches up with their listening level.
Children are never too old to enjoy a story being read to them! In fact, they love it! It is an excellent way to enable children to hear stories that are too difficult for them to read easily but that they can understand.

Parents and the home environment are essential to the teaching of reading and fostering a love of reading; children are more likely to read well and continue to be readers in homes where books and reading are valued.
You make such a difference. Let your children see you read. Set aside time to share books together. It is just as valuable for you to read to your child as it is for them to read to you. If your child is tired, do not force them to read. If your child is reading, support them in removing distractions such as mobile phones and televisions so they can fully immerse themselves in what they are reading.

Children who read for pleasure are 5 times more likely to read above their expected age.
Make sure your child is reading something they enjoy. If they are not enjoying the book or text they are reading, then let them change it. Take time to help them choose the right text for them. This could be, for example: a magazine, comic book, graphic novel, football programme, newspaper, fiction or non-fiction book.

90% of difficulties of understanding what has been read are due to a lack of fluency when reading.
To help children read fluently be prepared to ask them to reread a page or sentence again if it is not read smoothly and at an appropriate speed. You may need to read it for your child so they can hear how it should sound when read fluently and with expression. You could then read it together maybe a couple of times, if need be, before your child reads it on their own.

How are we improving and encouraging reading at CCHS?

• Reader to Leader Key Stage 3 Book Club:
Book ClubThis runs every Tuesday lunchtime in Room F14, where students are currently reading and discussing Benjamin Zephania’s Refugee Boy – all Year 7 and Year 8 students are welcome to come along!
• Reward Reading:
25 achievement points are awarded to students who are “caught in the act of reading” around school outside of lesson times.

Refugee Boy