At Salford City Academy we place a great deal of emphasis on reading because we know that a child's reading age and habit is a significant contributing factor to their academic success at school and in the world beyond. Usually, we assess your child’s reading age regularly through both National Group Reading Tests, and in Accelerated Reader diagnostic tests, to ensure your child is reading at an appropriate level: ideally this should be within 6 months of their chronological age or above.
We ask all parents/carers to support our ethos around reading at home by ensuring your child reads for 20 minutes every day; this could be independent reading, reading to a family member or reading online through our new ‘MyON’ platform which has 6,000 books available, many with audio narration. Staff will be setting reading for their subject on this platform too, so please ensure your child knows how to access this website: you can watch this video with information about how to below:
We are also extremely proud of our DEAR programme at Salford City Academy (Drop Everything And Read or Revise if you are a Year 11 student). At the end of each school day, students, with their tutor, participate in a research-based reading programme where teachers model reading to students as well as using other strategies proven to develop an individual's reading ability.
What is Literacy?
The power of literacy lies not only in the ability to read and write, but rather in an individual’s capacity to put those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life. With the insight that genuine literacy involves “reading the word and the world.”
The inclusion of Standard English, along with the full sense of ‘communicate’, suggests that the definition of literacy should be taken to include the ability to speak and listen effectively alongside the skills of reading and writing (Ofsted).
At Salford City Academy, Literacy includes the study of: reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and oracy.
Literacy at Salford City Academy
All staff at Salford City Academy are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy and the correct use of Standard English, whatever the specialist area (teacher standards). Literacy at the Academy includes the development and promotion of oracy, reading, writing, extended writing, comprehension, standard English and active listening.
Our students are also regularly assessed using Accelerated Reader - for more information on what this involves, click here.
At the Academy literacy is seen as a whole school responsibility and literacy teaching and the application of literacy skills is seen as a whole school focus. Research has shown that literacy supports learning: