Literary competence is a crucial and essential skill of a successful learner. The effective teaching of literacy is every teacher's responsibility. Literacy is not a 'bolt-on' activity within a lesson but should be viewed as an integral part of teaching and learning. Every part of the lesson should be viewed as an opportunity to develop students' reading, writing, speaking and listening through subject specific content.
The following three areas are addressed by staff in their planning for pupil progress:
To summarise and help embed greater consistency in all classrooms, we have the mnemonic RINSE:
Read – Every day. Carry at least one reading book with you at all times.
Improve – Your writing. Expect to proof-read your work and respond to guidance and feedback to produce your highest quality work at all times. Learn the meaning of and how to spell an increasing number of key words.
Neat – Make your writing legible and quick. Take pride in your books, they are there as a record of your learning and are there to revise from.
Sentences – Practise talking and writing in full sentences.
Extend – Ask questions in all lessons to extend and consolidate your understanding.
In addition, as part of our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up programme, a range of Year 7 pupils are involved in the following initiatives: Rapid Plus – an accelerated reading programme for students not making 3 levels of progress in English; a paired reading scheme with sixth form students; and Lexia, a web based phonics programme. Selected students are also part of our handwriting programme in school and we have developed a new school library and learning centre for students to utilise.
The Whole School Literacy Policy details school practice and procedure.