Literacy at The Halley Academy

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society . . . For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”  Kofi Annan

Here at the Halley Academy, we believe strongly in the importance of literacy. Our mission is to see every student graduate with the ability to be literate in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our policy covers five key areas:

  1. Every student can become an engaged and capable reader.
  2. Every student can become a competent and accurate writer.
  3. Every student can become a competent and accurate speller.
  4. All students can overcome barriers to literacy.
  5. To engage the academy community with literacy.

We address these key skills and goals through a variety of programmes and initiatives. This has helped our students achieve success in improving their literacy skills.

Accelerated Reader at The Halley Academy

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” Frank Serafini

The Accelerated Reader Programme is a new initiative to the academy and in its first full year. Accelerated Reader is an effective programme because it is designed to meet the reading needs of every individual student. Books for our library are chosen to meet individual levels and through the programme, we monitor student progress across the academic year.  

All Year 7, 8, and 9 students take part in the programme. Students are assessed at the beginning of the year to determine their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), which is their personalised reading range. Students usually start at the lower level and work their way up to the higher level.  Every student will be reading a book of their choice at the correct level for their ability.

Every book in the library that is in the scheme has been labelled with a book level and colour coded to assist students in their choice.

Once students have chosen a book at their level they read it and when they have finished their book they take a short quiz.  Passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they have read and their results will determine whether they can move up in their reading level. To pass, students must achieve 100% on their quiz. This is then rewarded with a raffle ticket that students can exchange for a small prize at the end of the academic day. Students are also expected to borrow books from the LRC so they can read as part of their homework. To ensure the effectiveness of the programme, we recommend students read for a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day. 

Regularly throughout the year we test students through something called the STAR test (Standardised Testing And Reading). This tests the chronological reading age of each student when they begin the year, during the school year and at the end of the school year so we can closely monitor changes to their reading ability.

Year 7, 8, and 9 Parents – Are you confused about the reading books your children are bringing home to read for Accelerated Reader?  Please click on the picture below which helps explain the STAR tests and Accelerated Reader Programme.

Japanese Matsuri Festival 2019

Last year’s World Book Week festival was chosen to not only celebrate World Book Day but also to support the International Baccalaureate Programmes.

The festival was held throughout the week beginning Monday 4th March 2019, ending on Friday 8th March 2019.  

There were a number of exciting activities included in tutor time and creative challenges. The restaurant also cooked a Japanese themed menu on World Book Day (Thursday 7th March).