Hunters Hill Technology College,Spirehouse Lane,Blackwell,Bromsgrove,Worcestershire,B60 1QD, United Kingdom.
0121 445 1320 Fax : 0121 445 2496 : firstname.lastname@example.org Registered Charity Number : 1091007
The emphasis on reading extends beyond the school day . After assembly and on their return to their home unit pupils are encouraged to spend around 30 minutes reading boks of their own choice reflecting their own interests. Reading is positively promoted and supported by home staff who listen to pupils read, encouraging those who are reluctant by offering opportunities to read in a variety of situations and by providing a comfortable, appropriate atmosphere for reading to take place.
Children have access to the school library, which enables them to change their books regularly and also allows them to both ask for books they want to read but also experiment with authors that are new to them. They are also able to take part in Library Club which takes place 2 lunch times a week.
A regularly refreshed sllection of books is placed into the homes (often by request) by the teacher responsible for the library which allows access to books of all types at all times. Children can take a book to their rooms at bedtime and some enjoy having stories read to them.
Each child keeps a reading record. When they have read 10 books they can take their record to the Head and choose a book which they can keep. (It has become noticeable over a period of time that pupils are becoming more selective and are requesting books to be kept in the Head’s box for next time.)
Pupils are actively encouraged to use their reading skills and often ask to read to their peers during group work. The developing ethos is such that even less competent /confident readers feel they can contribute and their achievements are celebrated by all.This is often witnessed in assemblies, where students love to share their work /stories /poems etc. with the rest of the school. All students are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and their efforts are appreciated and respected .
Reading is never used as a punishment.
The Home units each have a set of reference books ,dictionaries, cookery books and anthologies which are added to on a regular basis .If requests are made for a certain book(s) every effort is made to furnish the request.
Parents are kept informed and encouraged to support their child on their reading journey, this includes a newsletter and current information ,for example -the use of Reading Eggs at home. To celebrate World Book day Hunters Hill buys a book for each child to keep .
Greater emphasis is placed on the ability to read (both in school and in the home setting) to enable access to the curriculum and for enjoyment. we celebrate and reward all achievements in reading no matter how small, Read more......
Topics we cover
In Year 7 include: Ourselves
Journeys : Book Topic : Natural Phenomena : "Mr William Shakespeare" (Introduction to Life & Times)
In year 8 we cover the following topics
Heroes & Villains : the Sea : Sport & Leisure : Machines & Transport : Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet
In Year 9 we study the following topics
Dinosaurs & The Lost World : Media - The News : Shakespeare: Macbeth : Mysteries & Legends
In Year 10
The year 10 scheme is focussed on achieveing external accreditation as well as improving basic
skills (See attached details)
In Year 11
English is covered through the practise of basic skills in a way that is true to life and meaningful for
learners about to leave school and enter the world of work.