Competence in literacy is essential if all students are to achieve their full potential in every subject they study. This underpins the school aim of 'Raising Achievement'.
It is the mutual benefit of all students, and all subjects, if literacy skills are explicitly taught as part of the student's experience of learning at our school.
At St Georges we strive for all pupils to be a 'Literate Pupil'. We aim for all pupils to be able to:
- read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
- have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
- have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
- understand a range of text types and genres - be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
- be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
- have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
This school believes that literacy competence, and thus higher achievement, can only results if all subjects work together to explicitly teach literacy skills.
In addition we provide a broad and rich variety of activities to provide pupils with opportunities to improve their literacy.
- Reading books for use during Tutor time
- Weekly Literacy Foci and activities to improve general grammar
- World Book Day Celebrations
- Yearly to the National Gallery with the Articulate Project
- After school catch-up for Year 9 pupils
- Book Up Project which offers a free reading book to every Year 7 pupi
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS TO ENCOURAGE READING
At St Georges we want to encourage all pupils to improve their Literacy through Reading. In Tutor Times, pupils are provided with books for them to read and enjoy. But we would also like to encourage pupils to read outside of school as well.
Reading really is a skill for life; we read for all sorts of reasons and in all sorts of moods: books give pleasure, solace, information and POWER! Yes, power - young people with good reading skills have access to the world of words, access to the whole curriculum and so many more choices as they move into adult life.
How do children get these reading skills? By reading! And the more that children enjoy reading, the more they will want to read. The more they read, the more their minds and imaginations will grow and their vocabulary develop, and soon they will have the stamina to read the long and sometimes difficult texts they will come across in all areas of life.
Here are some tips for encouraging reading in your home:
- Ensure that your children see you reading. It doesn't matter if it's the newspaper, a cookery book, a romantic novel, a detective mystery, short stories, a computer manual... anything! Encourage children to join in - ask a child to read out a recipe for you as you cook, or the TV listings when you are watching TV.
- Give, and encourage others to give, books/book tokens as presents.
- Encourage children to carry a book at all times - do this yourself too!
- Read with your children - many books are enjoyed by adults and young people alike - the Harry Potter books, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon to mention just a couple. It's great to read books you can all talk about, but make the talk light-hearted, not testing and over-questioning.
- Go to libraries/bookshops when authors are visiting. Children love meeting their favourite writers - Jacqueline Wilson and Anthony Horowitz always have signing queues that are miles long -don't be impatient if you have to wait!
- Don't panic if your child reads the same book over and over again - be honest, we've probably all done it!
- Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other - this will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading.
Want your child to read more books?
Your public library will be able to help. Your child can join your local library for free. You'll also be able to get other reading recommendations for your child as well as advice on how you can help your child read for pleasure.
The main message is MAKE IT FUN! However much you want to, don't nag when you don't like the books they choose - all reading is to be celebrated!