“We, at The Prescot School, are committed to raising the standards of Literacy to ensure all pupils can effectively access all areas of the curriculum and use it as a springboard into further education, employment and adult life.”
Literacy is the key to accessing education and unlocking knowledge.
Literacy gives students the power to learn for themselves and develop their own interests.
Literacy allows students to communicate ideas effectively and fluently.
Literacy can be broken down into three areas:
- Learning through talk and discussion;
- Responding appropriately;
- Presenting information logically, with confidence and with the listener in mind.
Examples of communication activities in school
- Group discussion tasks to solve problems
- Peer sharing and support
- Active listening skills
- Sentence stems for discussion
- Encouraging students to speak and answer in full sentences
- Peer and self evaluation of discussion tasks
- Reading for understanding and meaning;
- Developing research and study skills;
- Promoting reading for pleasure.
Examples of reading activities in school
- Every English lesson begins with 10 minutes reading
- Accelerated Reading scheme (more to follow)
- Form book boxes
- Extensive library
- Regular measuring, monitoring and tracking pupil progress in reading
Accelerated Reader Program
- Measures pupil reading ability with STAR reading test
- Students are given access to targeted reading material
- Students independently select and read their chosen book
- Students then complete a “quiz” on the books, this measures their understanding
- There is a class resource booklet students will complete alongside the programme which supports tracking and encourages deeper thinking about the literature they have selected
- Accelerated Reading homework is set each week, students should aim to read for 1 hour per week; this can be completed alone or, preferably, with an adult.
Recommended Reading List for Students
We are currently challenging our students to read two new books before the end of the academic year and write a review to be published on our website.
- Structuring and organising writing, e.g. creating paragraphed, punctuated , grammatically correct texts;
- Spelling high-frequency and subject specific vocabulary correctly.
Examples of writing activities in school
- Literacy posters to support understanding of paragraphs, punctuation and spelling
- Literacy focus group: teachers and pupils
Supporting Literacy at Home
Please read our Supporting Literacy Development at Home guide by clicking here to find out what you can do to help your child’s literacy skills outside of school. It contains lots of useful, practical ideas on how to improve their skills in areas such as reading, writing, spelling and homework.