Literacy at Ellesmere is a wide and varied experience. From EYFS through to Post 16 the students will have the opportunity to engage with many different strategies and learning environments. Visual clues will be provided to all students through a variety of different ways including the use of Widgit, Colourful Semantics and PECs where appropriate.
Students are taught thematically throughout the college, encountering basic skills alongside sharing stories, poetry, non-fiction and developing verbal communication skills. As the students progress through the college, they begin studying towards an appropriate qualification in Year 10. In Post 16, the focus is very much on functional literacy; looking at literacy in the community, in the home and in the workplace.
PHONICS AND READING
Progression through phonics
Reading for pleasure
Supporting reading at home
We know that parents and carers are very busy people, but if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps them learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean.
We have put together a handout that will give you some suggestions for supporting your child at home with reading
Students are now able to borrow eBooks from our exciting new eBook library, found here: https://ecleicester.eplatform.co/
The library catalogue is full of bestselling, popular fiction titles and will offer our students a 24 hour library in addition to our well stocked print library in school.
Our guide to using the online library can be found following the link below:
- Holding reading and phonics focused parent and carer workshops and coffee mornings
- Sending home termly reading newsletters, which include suggested books
- Working with the Leicester Library Services to promote and support parents and carers with accessing our local libraries