I am Miss Robinson and I am the Librarian here at Halewood Academy. I have a passion for reading and I want to ignite that passion with the students at Halewood, so that they can enter the wider world with a broadened sense of knowledge and understanding of society.
3 facts about me:
I support Liverpool F.C
I love to play Netball and Football
I am awful at cooking and baking
My favourite books are:
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Christie Malry’s Own Double – Entry by B.S. Johnson
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
Literacy Marking Codes
Please see details of the marking in the link below.
All KS3 students take part in our Faster Reading programme during their English lessons. This involves students reading a novel as a class and discussing key themes, characters and vocabulary with their peers and their teacher. Each set of three reading lessons is accompanied with a Mastery lesson where students have valuable opportunities to practise reading, writing and oracy skills based around their class reader. Students are able to increase their knowledge of new vocabulary, explore key ideas from the novels in more depth in these lessons as well as work on their written accuracy. Students find the diverse selection of age-appropriate texts engaging and look forward to putting their understanding to the test in their Mastery Lessons.
Literacy is a fundamental aspect of our curriculum at Halewood Academy. We are committed to ensuring that all students regardless of their ability or socio-economic background have access to high quality teaching and learning of literacy skills that is consistent across all subject areas. We enable students to develop their vocabulary, reading and writing skills, verbal communication and resilience when faced with increasingly challenging exam specifications.
We seek to prepare students with a vast range of transferable skills which will improve their future prospects, increase their employability and broaden their minds; equipping them to make positive contributions to society and to achieve their upmost potential during and beyond their secondary education.
World Book Day is one of the numerous celebrations of literature and the value of reading and has become a yearly tradition with great enthusiasm and engagement from both staff and students.
Similarly, the Christmas Book Drive saw huge numbers of students excitedly unwrapping donated mystery books which they could then take home to read.
Our after school clubs such as the Creative Writing Club, KS3 Reading club and KS4 Stretch and Challenge club have all proven to be extremely popular with students across year groups and allow budding writers and fellow book worms a forum within which to try out ideas and gain inspiration from their peers.
One incredible achievement has been the Pride and Promises Anthology- a published anthology of poems written by staff and students which is now for sale on Amazon and has since won the ‘Innovative and Creative Literacy’ Award at the prestigious Educate Awards 2019 Ceremony. You can still buy a copy HERE.
As a school we are regularly looking for ways to empower and involve the students in literacy initiatives across school and this is shown in the form of our Literacy Ambassadors, Student Leadership Team, Peer Readers and Mentors and Student Librarians. These students all work collaboratively to promote reading and literacy throughout the student body, acting as role models to their peers.
We regularly celebrate success and creativity and use rewards to further inspire students to full engage with the ever- expanding literacy-based opportunities made available to them.
We also promote a love of reading and literacy through trips such as those to Halewood Library with Mrs Fleming and a recent day out to see author Phil Earle speak at the Central Library in Liverpool.
Throughout the regular school day, literacy is promoted through embedded expectations such as Word of the Week, Literacy Learning Objectives and use of a range of challenging fiction and non-fiction texts across all subjects.
The staff at Halewood Academy believe in embodying the positive attitudes to literacy and reading that we hope to see in our students. As such, we have two staff sections in the Learning Resource Centre, take part in an ad-hoc staff book club, regularly share reading recommendations and display our love of reading through photographic displays of staff members 'Caught Reading!' throughout the school.