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VSK Literacy Support

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

Literacy underpins all other subjects and is of primary importance for learning. VSK have a number of powerful programmes available to support the education of our young people….

NEWSLexia Core 5 for primary students and Lexia Power Up for secondary students are incredibly powerful tools for advancing reading, spelling, comprehension and grammar and they can be used on VSK loan Studypad (iPads), Chromebooks and laptops. Both of these programmes feature an initial auto-placement test to determine the individual starting level. Help and assistance is given within the programme, when needed so that the students gain confidence and knowledge through independent learning and can feel proud of their own hard work and achievement.

Congratulations to TD in Yr6 who has completed an incredible 52 hours work in January on the Lexia Core 5 literacy programme after receiving her VSK loan Studypad. She has completed an amazing four levels of work so far and only has two more levels before she has completed the whole programme. Well done!!

NEWSLiteracy Planet is another excellent programme for supporting literacy. LiteracyPlanet is suitable for all students from ages three to 16 and beyond. It can also be used for students learning English as a second or additional language. Quantitative analysis has shown students who use LiteracyPlanet for as little as 15 minutes a week will see a tangible improvement in their literacy learning outcomes. This is available on all platforms.

NEWSPocket Phonics is available on VSK Loan Studypads for Pre-School, Reception, Yr1 and any other students that need to study at phonics levels. PocketPhonics Stories is an award-winning step-by-step reading programme for 4 to 7-year-olds. It guides children through the literacy journey, beginning with teaching them their first letter sounds and ending with them having read 42 stories within the app by themselves. Dot to Dot Numbers and Letters that partners Pocket Phonics Stories features outstanding management features, lots of levels … this collection of 42 dot-to-dot puzzles can be used to practice counting, the alphabet, or times tables

For more information please contact Debbie Briant, VSK Education Support Officer by email: