Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy and Numeracy

At Darton Academy we recognise the importance of literacy and numeracy skills in giving students a life of opportunities and choices. Upon entry to Year 7, all students are given support to develop a love of, and improve in, these areas.

In year 7 and year 8 all students complete external GL assessments in literacy and numeracy, allowing us to closely monitor their progress. Pupils with the lowest literacy skills receive an additional two hours per week of tuition to make progress in reading.

In addition, all pupils in Year 7 and 8 are following Reading Reconsidered programme 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. The Accelerated Reader programme has also been introduced to support our students.

This year we have invested heavily in our new Library, ensuring we help students to develop a lifelong love of reading. The library is run by our ne Literacy Resource Manager and will be open to students during social time and used during lessons. We have also used recent research to introduce our vocabulary acquisition strategy in to form times, allowing students to develop their language skills.

Every child at Darton has access to Hegarty Maths, an online programme, allowing them to make rapid progress in their numeracy skills.  Pupils are set specific tasks to complete every week as homework but do not access Hegarty maths in class.  A Hegarty Club runs after school so all pupils can complete their homework and in addition pupils can complete extra activities of their choice whenever they wish.  Pupils identified as falling behind age related expectations benefit from additional small group tuition during maths lessons.