Numeracy & Literacy

Literacy

Lacking basic reading and writing skills is a tremendous disadvantage. Literacy not only enriches an individual’s life, but it creates opportunities for people to develop skills that will help them provide for themselves and their family. At Trinity we encourage all students to read for pleasure. We use a variety of different methods to promote a love of reading and writing.

If your child reads for 20 minutes a day they will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year.

Reading develops their:

  • vocabulary and writing
  • memory and concentration
  • creativity and imagination

All students in Y7, Y8 and Y9 take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. As part of that your child will take a STAR Reader Test every term. This identifies a suitable reading range. He will select a book in that range. Every time he completes a book he can complete a quiz. Quizzes will lead to points and of course PRIZES!

In addition to Accelerated Reader the following initiatives are used to ensure all students leave with strong and fluent literacy skills:

  • MyOn Reader
  • Lexia PowerUp
  • Read Write Inc. (Ruth Miskin Training)
  • Poetry by Heart
  • First Story

Numeracy

We use numeracy every day in all areas of our lives. Our confidence and ability with numbers impacts us financially, socially, and professionally. It even affects our health and wellbeing. 

Some examples of the ways we use numeracy every day include:

  •  Working out how many minutes until our train
  •  Increasing a recipe to serve extra guests
  •  Checking we’ve received the right change
  •  Working out how much to tip in a restaurant
  •  Setting and keeping to a budget
  •  Helping children with homework
  •  Managing our diet and nutrition
  •  Measuring medicine doses
  •  Making sense of statistics and graphs in the news

Poor numeracy can affect people’s confidence and self-esteem and creates barriers in their lives. At Trinity we work to instill good numeracy for all students. In addition to excellent core Maths lessons this is done using Hegarty Maths as an online tutoring programme that all students can access 24/7.

A series of competitions and rewards are run throughout the year to encourage students to improve their numeracy so they can leave as confident and capable young adults.