Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy is a community academy, operating under Ormiston Academy Trust. Located in the coastal town of Great Yarmouth, 20% of pupils speak English as an additional language (EAL) and 33% receive free school meal funding (FSM).
Why did the school choose LiteracyPlanet?
The school uses online programmes to enable learning at home and encourage pupils’ learning beyond the classroom.
English is a key focus for the school and LiteracyPlanet has all the aspects teachers need.
Assistant Principal Michala Warner says: “We like the wide range of tasks and the fact that teachers can allocate tasks in groups or individually based on need. Pupils like this approach and there is the element of fun with the online games as well as developing literacy skills. Some pupils find learning difficult or are not focused, but the game approach means they learn without realising. The wide range of tasks per Year Group and the fact that you can preset pupils' access to the content that best suits their needs works well”.
How the school uses LiteracyPlanet
The school uses LiteracyPlanet to support learning and teaching across various literacy areas in particular spelling, reading, vocabulary and grammar.
One of the most popular uses is for spelling. Each week pupils enter their weekly spelling words into their word lists, then use these to create custom games and learn their spelling words ahead of their test the following week.
The reading exercises are especially helpful for lower ability pupils to work independently. They find reading a challenge but prefer to access texts online and read on screen.
Teachers find the grammar exercises to be varied and relevant, and utilise them regularly.
They also set tasks for pupils to complete at home to extend and consolidate their classroom learning.
Aspects of LiteracyPlanet that teachers enjoy the most include the broad range of exercises to choose from, being able to lock in exercises for pupils to complete before they can access free choice activities, the Quick Assign feature to allocate tasks to individuals and groups, and the quick overview of the Dashboard to see weekly activity.
According to class teacher and SENCo Hollie Brown: “LiteracyPlanet has proved to be a valuable resource. We are able to set differentiated tasks depending on children's individual needs. The children are fully engaged when working independently and often log in from home to continue their learning. The teacher section also allows us to track specific progress and plan relevant activities based on assessment information”.
Pupils especially enjoy exploring the different levels in the programme’s self-guided mode ‘Quest’, and the gamified reward elements, such as the prize wheel, earning credits to redeem items for their avatar, and seeing their name on the leaderboards.
Says Year 1 teacher Frankie Browne: “My pupils enjoy being assigned tasks in LiteracyPlanet, and the games really help to engage them with their learning”.
Co-educational primary and an Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) academy.
Fun and engaging content, useful functionality for teachers, and ideal for homework and differentiation.
LiteracyPlanet has all the aspects we need. We like the wide range of tasks and the fact that teachers can allocate tasks in groups or individually based on need. The game approach means pupils learn without realising.