Whole School Literacy
The ASP code: Improving independence, literacy and responsibility for learning
As we are all aware, we live in a digital world where literacy is an essential skill. Literacy is a building block for effective communication and ensuring our students develop strong literacy skills is at the heart of our teaching. We know students will leave us to become more successful adults if they have the tools to communicate clearly, accurately and articulately.
The ASP code – or Abbeywood School Proofreading code
Is designed to be a simple and efficient way of checking work through before a teacher marks it. Students are responsible for checking, correcting and editing their work so it is as accurate as possible before it is marked. This allows the teacher to identify mistakes that have been made accidentally more quickly and support the student in learning strategies to avoid making the same mistake again, whilst at the same time ensuring the student takes responsibility for checking mistakes they may have made when working in a hurry.
At Abbeywood Community School, we believe in encouraging our students to become independent, but well supported, learners. The ASP code, launched in September 2013, is used across the school in all subject areas, by all staff. Students have been introduced to it in tutor time and all carry copies of the code in their organisers. We are working hard to make sure the ASP code is displayed across the school to support students in their proofreading. Staff will use the code to highlight key errors, patterns or common mistakes in marking. Students will be given time to respond to feedback in their books in order to work on any proofreading issues.
At home, you may like to use the fortnightly literacy focus in the student organiser to support your child – a list of key spellings and focus points such as ‘using full stops’ is available, should you wish to remind them when they are completing Independent home learning. Discussing the words you have trouble spelling and discovering strategies for remembering them together may help to remind them that we all have spelling demons and that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Having a dictionary handy when they are completing any written tasks for Independent home learning may be useful, too.
We have a policy of not ‘overmarking’ mistakes. We want to develop a supportive culture where students can be safe to make mistakes and learn from them, whilst at the same time ensuring we focus on the most important errors.
If you have any questions about our ASP code policy, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms Storey, our Literacy across the Curriculum coordinator.
Ten Top Tips To Help Your Child Become a Reader for Life
As parents, you have an important role to play in helping your child to develop their reading. Research has shown children who read regularly are more likely to succeed. Here are our top ten tips to help your child read:
- Set aside 20 minutes to sit with your child with no distractions and listen to them read.
- Let your child choose the book, you will need to make sure it is not too difficult for them or they will struggle. Pick easier books to start with so your child can build their confidence and flow.
- Be positive. Boost their confidence with positive praise for even the smallest achievement.
- Be patient.
- Keep the reading flow going. If your child makes a mistake, give them time to self-correct. It is also sometimes better to tell them an unknown word to keep momentum and interest going than make them sound it out.
- Listen to your child read at least 3-5 times a week. Little and often will make a big difference.
- Talk about what they have just read. Ask your child to tell you about the characters, what has happened so far, what they think will happen and what their favourite part is.
- Encourage your child to read a wide range of materials: magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, comics as well as books.
- Ask your child to read aloud material which interests both of you, like a newspaper article about your favourite activity, a recipe you are trying to make or a review in the TV guide.
- Visit your local library to look for new books to read.