Literacy Strategy

Literacy enables people to read their own world and to write their own history. Literacy provides access to written knowledge and knowledge is power. In a nutshell, literacy empowers. (Kassam, 1994)

 Without strong literacy skills, a young person’s life chances are severely diminished; their employability, health, confidence and happiness are all compromised. (National Literacy Trust, 2017)

At Wollaston School, we recognise the importance of developing, in all of our students, a strong and effective literacy skill set. Knowing the impact that literacy can have on self-esteem, motivation, behaviour and attainment, we aim to promote high standards and expectations of literacy across all areas of the curriculum. However, beyond this, a number of specific programmes are in place to actively ensure the success of our students. Please read on to find out more about these.

 And, if you should have any further questions or concerns regarding literacy, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Jessica Woodcock (Literacy Coordinator):

Tanya Henning (Librarian and Digital Media Technician): T.Henning

For more information about how to support your child with their reading at home, please find more information in this leaflet: Supporting Reading at Home

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Literacy Development at KS3

Accelerated Reader Scheme – Year 7 and 8

All year 7 and 8 students are involved in the Accelerated Reader Scheme. This encourages students to take an active role in understanding their current stage of reading development and their next steps. Students’ reading development is quantified through a robust programme of assessment using this scheme. A baseline assessment is completed at the beginning of years 7 and 8, followed by 3 further assessments throughout the year to allow for ongoing analysis and rapid intervention where needed, to ensure that students continue to make positive progress with their reading. Using the Accelerated Reader system, students take regular quizzes on the books that they have read.

The year 7 and 8 form with the greatest number of passed quizzes at the end of each term, win a form pizza party!






What does an Accelerated Reader quiz look like? Take a sample quiz here:


My Library System (MLS) – Year 9

All year 9 students are provided with a reading challenge grid in their planners at the beginning of the school year, from which they select a termly reading challenge for themselves with the intention of broadening their reading experiences. They respond to what they have read by submitting a book review using MLS on a termly basis, if they have not selected a book that is on MLS, they can e-mail their review to the Librarian. The Year 9 form with the greatest number of successful reviews submitted at the end of each term, wins a form pizza party!

You will find a copy of the year 9 reading challenge grid below- review writing tips and an example review can be found in every year 9 student’s planner.

Click here for a copy of the leaflet given to students in their planner.


Library Lessons

All students in years 7 and 8 partake in one library lesson per week, as part of their English lessons. This provides an opportunity for the pursuit and development of reading for pleasure and for the English teacher and Librarian to work with students on a 1:1 or small group basis to either encourage the selection of appropriate reading material, to hear readers or lead guided reading groups.

 Language Investigation Journals

Every year 7, 8 and 9 student has a Language Investigation Journal- every week they investigate a new word and develop their vocabulary ranges through activities based around the new word- this activity has been developed based on the findings of a recent publication Closing the Vocabulary Gap (Quigley, A. 2018).


Weekly Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation lesson starters in English Lessons

Delivered on a once weekly basis during the first English lesson of the week, this is designed to achieve the KS3 English National Curriculum Objective: ‘Students consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through extending and applying the grammatical knowledge set out in English Appendix 2 to the key stage 1 and 2 programmes of study’. Activities allow for regular revisiting of the objectives set out in the KS2 National Curriculum, to ensure coverage and consolidation.


KS3 Form Time- DEAR TIME

Delivered during one form time session per week, DEAR (drop everything and read) is a full form time session dedicated to pursuing reading for pleasure. Students are expected to attend the session with their current reading book, and they spend the session reading, alongside their form tutor.










KS3 English Homework- Daily Reading


All students in years 7-9 are expected to complete 20 minutes of reading as their homework on each school day. This is recorded on a reading record chart included in each student’s planner. It is expected that parents or guardians will sign the reading record chart each week as evidence that the reading has been completed:

Buddy Reading

Year 12 volunteers are recruited through the Sixth Form Enrichment Programme and hear year 7 and 8 students read on a weekly basis during a form time period. The year 7 and 8 students are selected based on having been identified via the Accelerated Reader Scheme as requiring a little help and intervention to keep them on track with their reading development. Ongoing analysis of data provided by the Accelerated Reader Scheme will determine a student’s need to continue with Buddy Reading.

Literacy Development at KS4

Provision of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Revision Guides for all year 10 students-

All students in year 10 are offered the opportunity to purchase a study guide and workbook to support their revision of spelling, grammar and punctuation skills. This is designed to support achievement in all GCSE subjects where 5% of marks are available for accuracy. These guides cost £2.25 each and are available via Parent Pay.




KS4 Form-time Literacy

One form-time session per week is dedicated to the revision of spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. This is overseen by the form tutor, who guides students in developing the attitudes and behaviours required of independent study and revision. Students can optionally use their purchased study guides and workbooks (see above) during these sessions or choose from further resources provided, which focus on proof-reading and editing skills.