Literacy at UBHS
At UBHS we perceive literacy to be an extremely powerful tool which will enable our boys to access all aspects of the curriculum. Our aim is to work collectively with parents/carers to help improve the literacy skills of all our boys and equip them to become ‘Tomorrow’s Successful Men’.
We have an extremely resourceful library within the college and run the Accelerated Reading programme which enables us to develop the reading skills of our students and challenge them to improve on their reading age. To encourage our students to read more frequently we have also adopted the Premier League Reading Stars challenge which has been a great success with many students taking up reading books.
How can reading be improved?
- Reading books regularly (At least 2 hours weekly)
- Reading in pairs and discussions about the content
- Reflecting on reading and answering questions about the text i.e. Why? What? How?
- Variety reading i.e. fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, media websites, newspapers
- Visiting local libraries and book shops
- Regularly use the National Literacy trust website resources on: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/plrs_2014_home
To develop the writing skills of students we have a specific literacy focus each week that is encourage during all lessons. This is complemented by our Aspire form time programme for which all students have a literacy task to complete each week.
How can writing be improved?
- Writing in full sentences and use of a capital letter at the start and punctuation at the end
- Proof reading your work and asking someone else to read through it to spot any errors
- Try to use your imaginative when writing
- Use of good vocabulary
We aim to promote accurate spelling across the curriculum and develop the confidence of our students when writing the ‘more difficult’ words. The boys are encouraged to practice the list of commonly misspelt words identified in the student planner and also to make a list of words they find difficult to spell. Being able to spell more accurately will help students to develop their writing skills.
Please support your child at home to develop their literacy skills routinely during the week. Thank you for your continued support.
Commonly misspelt words for students to practice: