Literacy & Numeracy

LITERACY & NUMERACY SUPPORT

Upon entry to Year 7, students with the lowest literacy skills receive an additional one to two hours per week of tuition in both a 1-2-1 and small group setting. In these sessions, students work on targeted schemes of work that aim to cement reading skills in comprehension and inference. We also run handwriting and touch type programs for those students who require additional support with their written articulation of ideas. Our peer mentoring scheme utilises older students who have been trained in guiding students to decode words to build vocabulary as well as offering a peer support scheme with class and home work. Our ‘Literacy Leaders’ work in a 1-2-1 setting, offering a ‘student speak’ approach to building skills in reading.

For those students who require a more targeted, back-to-basics approach to reading, they follow Lexonik programs, a phonics based approach to building vocabulary, reading and spelling skills. Lexonik is an internationally recognised, award winning Literacy intervention program that can raise students reading ability/age by up to 27 months in a six-week intervention window.  

In addition, all students in Year 7 and 8 access the Accelerated Reader program, which is designed to encourage a love of reading and move children towards age appropriate reading as quickly as possible, testing for comprehension along the way.

Every child at Ingleby Manor Free School has access to Hegarty Maths, an online program that provides video tuition and linked questions.  Students are set specific tasks to complete every week as homework, but can access additional tasks to support their learning at home.  All students also complete a weekly numeracy task during form time to develop their number sense and logical thinking.

In Year 7 the students with the lowest numeracy skills receive additional support and complete the online Catch Up Numeracy program with 1-2-1 support, enabling them to make rapid progress and better access core lessons.  Students with specific needs may also receive small group intervention to ensure that they have grasped fundamental mathematical concepts and to provide additional time for deliberate practice.