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. George’s we want to ensure that every pupil is 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 different situations.
· be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
· have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
This school strongly believes that literacy competence, and thus higher achievement, can only be achieved if all subjects work together to explicitly teach literacy skills.
To support and further the literacy of our pupils, we also provide a broad and rich range of activities and opportunities:
· Drop Everything and Read: KS3 students spend one lesson a week reading a novel aloud with their class.
· Weekly reading in tutor time.
· Weekly reading of current affair articles in tutor time.
· Book club every Wednesday lunchtime.
· The Student View journalism scheme for year 10 students.
· National and internal writing competitions, with prizes awarded.
· The opportunity to write and share their own blog posts on the school blog, (accessible from the school website’s homepage).
· A wide and regularly updated variety of resources at the school library.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS TO ENCOURAGE READING
At St. George’s we want to encourage all pupils to improve their literacy through reading. In tutor times, pupils are encouraged to read for enjoyment, however we would also like to inspire pupils to read outside of school as well.
Reading really is a skill for life: books give pleasure, solace, information and opportunity! Yes, opportunity - 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. 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 and 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.
· 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.
· Go to libraries or bookshops when authors are visiting. Children love meeting their favourite writers!
· Don't panic if your child reads the same book over and over again – they may spot elements of the novel that they didn’t before!
· However much you want to, don't nag when you don't like the books they choose - all reading is to be celebrated!
· 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.
The main message is MAKE IT FUN!