Sedgehill’s Literacy Focus
Sedgehill Academy is determined to empower and support its students to be confident and articulate. Preparing students for their futures so that they are able to be successful in a very competitive, global marketplace, is a key component of the school’s ethos. We develop their literacy skills through exciting and engaging lessons which promote high quality written and spoken English. At Sedgehill Academy we are committed to providing all of our students with the confidence and skills required to express themselves clearly in any given situation; we aim to ensure that improving literacy is at the centre of teaching and learning across the curriculum.
We also invest time in staff training and development to ensure that teaching staff are using the same shared language of literacy in their lessons therefore making it easier for students to take a holistic approach to their writing, reading and speaking. We are also making great use of Accelerated Reader, a computer programme which monitors and collates students’ reading data so that teachers are able to provide specific and differentiated tasks which support all students’ reading. Our library is a warm and welcoming space with a wide range of books covering all interests and abilities. Our fiction section includes Quick Reads, the latest YA fiction and a diverse collection of novels; our non-fiction includes subject-specific texts and engaging contemporary reads on topics such as race, gender and politics. There is something for everyone.
As we continue to reach for the highest standards at all times, we will be updating the website with additional resources students can use independently to support their literacy. There are some suggested books that parents can use to support their child at home:
- Eats Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
- Thirty Days Has September by Chris Stevens
- How to Write Essays and Assignments by Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers
For further guidance on supporting students’ literacy, please contact your Head of Year.