At Casterton we take literacy very seriously.
During year 6 transition and at the beginning of year 7 students are assessed using GL Assessment in reading, spelling and numeracy as well as CATS (Cognitive Ability) tests. This gives us baseline information in the form of Standard Age Scores (SAS).
Standard Age Scores enable a nationwide comparison between students and give a precise indicator of levels/ability.
Should a student fall below the expected average level for reading and/or spelling some intervention will take place.
GL Assessment takes place at two key times during an academic year for all students in KS3. Interventions can be triggered at any time during KS3.
How It Works
Intervention Lessons Year 7
The type, amount and length of intervention will depend on the students SAS following their GL testing in Reading and Spelling. Intervention groups are then grouped according to their levels, ability and areas of difficulty. Students are taught in groups of 4 or 5 pupils.
Significantly below SAS 85 in both Reading and Spelling will usually trigger 2 x lessons per week – Phonics and Reading.
Spelling below SAS 85 – will usually trigger 1 x Phonics lesson per week.
Reading below SAS 85 – will usually trigger 1 x Reading lesson per week.
Catch up Literacy – Identified by GL testing some students will follow the ‘Catch Up’ Literacy program and will receive 2 x 15 minute sessions or one to one reading per week.
Intervention Lessons Year 8 and 9
Reading is usually the driver for intervention as it is a barrier for accessing the curriculum.
SAS below 85 in Reading and Spelling will usually trigger 2 x lessons per week the focus of lessons will be Reading, Spelling and Writing.
SAS 85 – 90 in reading will usually trigger 1 x lesson per week the focus of these lessons will be Reading, Spelling and Writing.
Booster in year 8 and 9
Booster lessons are tailored to increase attainment in specific areas in either reading or spelling as identified by GL Assessments.
Reading SAS between 91 to 100 students will usually receive 1 lesson per week for 1 term.
Spelling SAS below 90 Students will usually receive 1 lesson per week for 1 term.
Students may take place in more than one booster in any given year.
On line – ‘Lexia’ and ‘Spell zone’.
A computer integrated learning system which provides individualised, targeted reading/spelling practice that students need to master their reading and spelling skills. Both Lexia and Spell zone are used in all intervention lessons and can be set as homework to provide increased opportunity for independent learning a reinforcement of skills.
Progress is monitored closely. Formal assessments take place at the end of the transition stage and at the end of Years 8 and 9.
Intervention may be triggered at any stage.