At Uxbridge High School, all teachers are teachers of literacy. Literacy includes the key skills of reading, writing, and oral communication that enables students to access all areas of the curriculum.
We support literacy in every lesson by sharing the key words with students and using the whole school literacy marking code to provide feedback to our students on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This means, that in every lesson, the students quickly recognise the marking code and errors enabling them to make rapid and sustained progress.
We place high value on reading widely and often and students are encouraged to read books of a variety of genres. We have a library we are proud of with a range of interesting books for every leaner and all abilities.
Throughout the school day, during lessons and around the school, students are encouraged to use Standard English in conversations with both their peers and adults and expectations are high. A whole school word of the week encourages all students to use new words in developing vocabulary and teachers reward students for literacy progression.
Accelerated Reader is a literacy initiative currently used with all students in Years 7 and 8. Students are assessed at the start of the year and based on their level at the beginning, students select a reading book from the library. They read this book for 20 minutes every day and then complete a short online quiz, once they have finished reading it. These quizzes allow staff to gauge their comprehension of texts and track their progress, as well as give them incentives for reading books and doing well in subsequent quizzes. Once students have successfully passed the quiz for the level they are currently on, they can move up to the next level of books. Staff are expected to encourage students to read their AR books both in lesson time and in form time. All students in Year 7 and 8 are expected to have their AR book with them in every lesson.
All students are encouraged to read widely and often. A recommended reading list for students and parents is available below.