- Regular reading can help you to improve your level of literacy and your overall progress at school across the curriculum. Pupils who read often and widely get better at it-after all, practice makes perfect!
- Reading exercises our brain: Reading is a much more complex task than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens our mind and helps us to improve our concentration.
- Reading improves vocabulary and language skills: You will learn new words when you read as well as learn how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.
- Reading is fun and can increase your knowledge, the more you read, the more you know! It takes you to places you’ve never been before and it enhances your imagination.
Reading is a life skill. Educational research reveals that students who have a rich and developed vocabulary will inevitably achieve good academic results. They are exposed to complex, academic language that will lead to exam success and an increase in life chances. Therefore it is imperative that students have a Reading Age that is reflective of their chronological age. To ensure that our students have the best possible chances of developing their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, teachers at Stratford School Academy are delivering two Reading interventions. They are Sound Training and Read, Write Inc.
Sound Training is an extensive and structured six week programme delivered to students in Years 9, 10 and 11. In one lesson students are taught decoding skills and vocabulary development through:
- Phonological Awareness
The programme has a proven track record of success. Many students have increased their reading ages once they have taken part in the programme. The skills that the students are taught can be applied to all subjects in the curriculum.