This year, all of our students are all being assigned licenses to use Lexia. Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® is a personalised computer-based literacy program that works to each student’s specific need. The activities in PowerUp support and build on our English language classroom curriculum, focusing on developing skills in three areas essential to becoming a proficient reader: Word Study, Grammar and Comprehension.
How PowerUp works:
- The first PowerUp session begins with a placement activity that determines the starting point based on their needs. All MPS students have undertaken this.
- Students now have weekly work based on the results of their placement test and online activities set up every week that must be undertaken.
- There will be a weekly online usage target of 85-145 minutes. This weekly target will decrease over time as progress is made by the student. Some students may have more time than others for individual strands but this will be based on the different areas they need to work on.
- If difficulties occur students are given engaging tutorials and guidance on the spot to help break work down.
Students using Lexia at MPS
- Lexia is an online programme. Students will be able to access this in school and at home.
- After the initial set up week, students will have a weekly lesson as part of their English curriculum and the rest of their time will be undertaken as English home learning each week.
- Students are welcome to use the school chromebooks undertaking Lexia each lunchtime in B1 or afterschool in Home Learning Club.
- Students failing to meet their time target for that week will have an email sent home.
- Students not meeting allocated time targets will be put into a compulsory Tuesday (Year 7) or Wednesday (Year 8) lunchtime session to work on Lexia. This will help them not to fall behind for their current week.
- Students continually falling behind and not meeting time targets will be expected to attend Home Learning Club until the problem is resolved.
- When a student meets their weekly time target their name will be added to a prize draw that will get picked at the end of each half term. The programme has a benefit to all students as it works them towards various GCSE and A level skills.
What parents and carers can do to support your child in using Lexia
- Check your child’s usage and encourage your reader to meet or beat the weekly target.
- Remind students that find aspects of English difficult that this programme will support their learning and also help fill in any knowledge ‘gaps’. If questions are repeated, it is to secure knowledge and understanding. They will improve speed in reading and comprehension.
- Encourage students to work regularly on Lexia to divide the time into manageable chunks.
Accessing Lexia from home
- Students should be able to use most devices linked to the internet to access Lexia.
- They can access it a) through the link : https://www.lexiapowerup.com/?SiteID=0455-1737-9765-6019 on the MPS website
- Students have all been given their usernames and passwords. They should have recorded this in their planner.
- Students will need to have their own headphones that they can bring in to school. Please bear in mind it will be their responsibility to look after them in school. Only a basic model will be needed.
We hope you share our excitement about this program. We feel it will be of great benefit to our students.