Curriculum Vision

Developing strong literacy skills is essential if students are to unlock their potential and engage with the demands of the modern world. We want students to develop a rich vocabulary and be able to speak confidently in a range of contexts. Students need to develop reading and comprehension skills so that they can decode the world around them and are able to enjoy reading for pleasure. Students should be able to communicate effectively and accurately in writing and do so using a variety of forms, the appropriate register and imaginative vocabulary choices. We promote these aims in every aspect of our work and in all subjects. All teachers are actively encouraged to take responsibility for the literacy needs of our students and to model best practice in their interactions with students. Staff and students are well aware of the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) requirements for all subjects across the school and the whole school marking policy is designed to reduce errors in the accuracy of written work.

One of the key elements of our whole school approach to literacy is that we deliver a weekly tutor activity called Words Make a Difference designed to draw attention to the impact of vocabulary across the curriculum. All students are encouraged to bring a reading book as part of their daily equipment and one tutor session a week is devoted to their reading for pleasure. Teachers share and display their current reading material on classroom and office doors. Latest initiatives include the Word Power project which has been launched in science and is bring rolled out to other subjects. Staff are encouraged to incorporate ‘Close the Word Gap’ activities into their teaching and classroom displays. The homework projects undertaken by students in years 7 and 8 are also used to encourage cross-curricular reading and reading for pleasure.

For more details about our work in this area, please contact Mrs Clarke, our literacy co-ordinator;

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